To protect and expand remnant natural habitat across Sagalla Hill for the area’s threatened biodiversity and local communities, stop further environmental destruction and degradation and improve/enhance natural resource management.
Despite its close resemblance to an earth worm, the Sagalla caecilian is actually a limbless amphibian. It spends most of its life below ground and is adapted for a burrowing lifestyle – its eyes are covered by a protective skin, it has a strong, bony skull for pushing through the soil, and possesses sensory tentacles either side of its head to detect the chemical signals from its prey. The Sagalla caecilian is only found in one small area in the south-east of Kenya – Sagalla Hill – which is around half the size of Manhattan Island.
Past clearance of the native forest and increased agriculture on the steep slopes of the Sagalla Hill has resulted in erosion of the good, thick soils the caecilian needs to survive. Non-native Eucalyptus plantations may also be causing leeching of toxins and drying out of the soil, with negative implications for both local farming communities and the rich biodiversity of this area.