Tanzania has approved 25 new wild animals to be introduced to the south-western Tanzania’s Kitulo National Park, a senior official said on Wednesday.

Japhet Hasunga,Tanzania’s Deputy Minister for Tourism and Natural Resources, unveiled this in the ongoing parliamentary session in the country’s capital, Dodoma.

He said that all processes including the legal requirements have been followed to release the wild animals in the sanctuary, which is among Tanzania’s 16 national parks.

The park is also home to a full 350 species of vascular plants, including 45 varieties of terrestrial orchids, which erupt into a riotous wildflower display of breathtaking scale and diversity during the main rainy season of late November to April.

The deputy minister did not immediately reveal the details of the new species to be introduced in the park, which is locally called Bustani ya Mungu — Garden of God.

The park is administered by Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) and is the first national park in tropical Africa to be established primarily to protect its flora.

It covers an area of 412 square kms on Kitulo Plateau. The conservancy was gazetted in 2005 for its floral beauty.

More than 40 different orchid species such as aster daisies, lilies, giant lobelia, yellow-orange-red hot poker, aloe, protea, geraniums and other different species are recorded as endemic to southern Tanzania.

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