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In Boginda lies the best preserved example of Afromontane cloud forest in Kaffa. Very steep slopes and a thick undergrowth make this area very difficult to explore.
The Black and White colobus or Guereza is the symbol of the forests in Kaffa and, because of its eye-catching coat, it is very easy to spot in the forest canopy. In case of rangers, the alarm call of these animals travels far across the forest: a special moment to witness.
A mother Guereza with her young feeding among the foliage.
A White-cheeked Turaco (Turaco leucotis) is sitting among epiphytes in the cloud forest canopy. The forests of Boginda and Mankira are a birdwatcher’s paradise.
The loud call of the Silvery cheecked hornbill (Bycanistes brevis) is the true morning soundtrack of Kaffa.
Stretches of giant ferns deep in the rainforest resemble Jurassic landscapes.
A Blue monkey (Cercopithecus mitis) feeding on figs in the forest canopy. Eight species of Primates inhabit the forests in the Kaffa Zone.
Bush pigs (Potamocherus larvatus), like many other mammal species, are active mostly at night and can only rarely be seen out of the forest.
The amphibians and reptiles living in the Kaffa Zone are virtually unknown. This Sharp-nosed reed frog (Hyperolius nasutus) is no larger than a thumbnail.
Sudan black crowned crane (Balearica pavonina ceciliae) is a vulnerable species. For this and other crane species, like the Wattled crane, the conservation of wetlands surrounding the forests are of fundamental importance.
An Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) female half-submerged in the murky waters of the Gojeb river.  Only recently a survey of the mammals living in Kaffa revealed the presence of this species.
The pure Wild coffee (Coffea arabica) forest in Mankira, the “birthplace of coffee”. Mankira is where the oldest existing coffee plants can be found.
A girl collects low-quality coffee beans fallen on the round after a storm. The prime quality coffee is picked directly from the plants.
Ethiopian women from the town of Bonga prepare coffee according to the traditional ceremony. After roasting the coffee beans on the fire, these are pounded and boiled in a terracotta pitcher.
After boiling, the coffee is poured from the pitcher into bamboo cups. The coffee can be drunk with the addition of sour butter
KAFFA, THE BIRTHPLACE OF COFFEE

The Kaffa Afromontane rainforest in Southern Ethiopia is recognised as the birthplace of Coffea arabica, the only coffee plant to grow wild - in Ethiopia. Protected by steep mountains, wide rivers and fabulous forests, the wild coffee plants thrived here for centuries, providing the precious beans to the people living in the area. Current population growth compounded by increasing poverty levels has led to a rapid deforestation: people are forced to convert the forests to farmland or sell them to foreign investors. The rainforest, which previously covered more than 30% of Ethiopia, now stands at a mere 3%. To save this land and the people, German organizations like NABU, GTZ, "GEO-Schützt den Regenwald" and several other partners are running a Public-Private Partnership conservation and development project in the Kaffa Province, contributing to improving the livelihoods of coffee producers and to developing sustainable production and marketing to international quality standards. Moreover, in 2010 a first UNESCO Biosphere Reserve for Ethiopia has been designed in the area.

As one of the last evergreen coffee forests of Ethiopia, the Kaffa Zone is regarded as a site of international importance and hosts a unique and very rich biodiversity.
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