|Location||Zimbabwe, Matabeleland South Province|
|Central coordinates||29o 34.00' East 20o 4.00' South|
|IBA criteria||A1, A4ii|
|Altitude||1,200 - 1,461m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Site description Debshan Ranch (c.10,000 ha) is situated south of Shangani. It is primarily a cattle ranch, with up to 30,000 head, and therefore has vast areas of grassland. In recent years the ranch has also promoted wildlife utilization, namely sport-hunting of antelopes and leopard Panthera pardus. On one of its sections is a large granite inselberg called Wabai Hill (c.100 ha), which grades into a long ‘whaleback’ to the west. The Wabai is a beautiful and rather symmetrical dome, visible from far and wide on the surrounding plain, and has near-vertical slopes on three sides. The soils in the area are sandy, and there are many granite outcrops. Miombo woodland occurs in patches.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Cape Vulture Gyps coprotheres||winter||-||100-225 individuals||-||A1, A4ii||Vulnerable|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Wabai Hill (Debshan ranch)||Sanctuary||0||is identical to site||0|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Artificial - terrestrial||6%|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||-|
Other biodiversity The ranch has the largest herd of Damaliscus lunatus (LR/cd) in the country.
References Dale (1990), Edwards and Swanepoel (1992), Mundy and Steyn (1977), Mundy (1995).
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Wabai Hill (Debshan Ranch). Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/08/2014
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