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Worldwide Distribution, Spread of, and Efforts to Eradicate the Nutria (Myocastor coypus)

Africa

Africa Map Kenya Zambia Zimbabwe Botswana

Kenya: Imported to the Kinangop Plateau for fur farming in 1950 (Harper and others, 1990). By 1965 some individuals had escaped and arrived at Lake Naivasha (Harper and others, 1990). Pythons (Python rebae) were introduced as a biological control, but they were ineffective (Harper and others, 1990). Nathan Gregory (Princeton University, written comm.) reported seeing nutria in the Laikipia District of Kenya in 2005 and provided photographic evidence for confirmation. He also reported that his informants place them on the Narok River and on Lakes Naivasha and Albalosit.

Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Botswana: Nutria were introduced some time before 1958 and reported in Zimbabwe, Zambia, and possibly Botswana (Aliev, 1967). Howerth and others (1994) place them in Africa, and Woods and others (1992) assert that they are present in East Africa. There is no indication nutria ever became established in the wild (Johan du Toit, Mammal Research Institute, Pretoria, South Africa, written commun., 2001).


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