Senegal

Listed by UNESCO as a biosphere reserve since 1981, the Niokolo-Koba National Park is home to extraordinary biodiversity: lions, wild dogs, West African chimpanzees, elephants, hippopotamus, giant elands.

Listed by UNESCO as a biosphere reserve since 1981, the Niokolo-Koba National Park is home to extraordinary biodiversity: lions, wild dogs, West African chimpanzees, elephants, hippopotamus, giant elands.

A species living on borrowed time

Classified as “critically endangered” by the IUCN, the population of western giant elands (Tragelaphus derbianus derbianus) is estimated to include less than 200 individuals in the wild. The largest population of western giant elands is found within the Niokolo-Koba National Park in Senegal.

Conservation actions

In 2011, Panthera set up a conservation programme in the Niokolo-Koba National Park for the West African lion, a critically endangered subspecies. At the request of Beauval Nature and Knowsley zoo, Panthera is launching a new intensive monitoring programme for rare species in the National Park, and the giant eland is one of these target species.

This new programme’s missions are:

  • To assess the current distribution of five key species in the park: giant elands, West African lions, wild dogs, leopards, and savanna elephants.
  • To determine the number of specimens of each of these species.
  • To establish a regular monitoring protocol.
  • To develop conservation objectives for the five species within the National Park.
  • To develop a conservation plan for the giant eland.

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