The World Heritage 2017 Web Calendar
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
United Republic of Tanzania
Ngorongoro Conservation Area includes highland plains, savanna, savanna woodlands and forests. Here wildlife coexists with seminomadic Maasai pastoralists practicing traditional livestock grazing. The site includes the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest caldera (volcanic crater). The property has global importance for biodiversity conservation due to the presence of threatened species, the density of wildlife inhabiting the area, and the annual migration of wildebeest, zebra, gazelles and other animals. Extensive archaeological research yielded evidence of human evolution and human-environment dynamics, including early hominid footprints dating back 3.6 million years.