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Location Tanzania, Arusha
Central coordinates 36o 17.82' East  3o 23.16' South
IBA criteria A4i
Area 570 ha
Altitude 1,400 m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Site description This small dam is situated only 2 km north of the Arusha–Makuyuni road, some 45 km west of Arusha. The dam wall lies to the south-west of the flooded area. In 1997, the lake was covered in dense stands of Cyperus with numerous open areas of water and flooded grassland along the southern shore. The depth of the lake is c.1.5 m.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida winter  1997  1,000 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland   100%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
hunting -
water management -

Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.

References Fuggles-Couchman (1962, 1986).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Eluanata dam. Downloaded from on 22/08/2014

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