The Niger giraffes, the last giraffes in West Africa
Phase I: 2007
The Niger giraffe population is unique and is the last remaining giraffe population in all of West Africa. It lives in direct contact with the farmers, a link that has long existed in traditional Africa between man and wildlife.
In 1996, the population of Niger giraffes reached the lowest level ever recorded with only 49 of them remaining. Their habitat, the tiger bush, is subject to intense deforestation due to the need to supply wood to the city of Niamey. This project seeks to:
- update ethological data and scientifically monitor giraffes, essential for the efficient management of the population
- train two Nigerian forest workers and six Nigerian co-ordinators in environmental education
- promote ecotourism by supporting the running of a refreshment stand and setting up a “giraffe house” featuring educational information boards, activities and local craftsmanship focused on giraffes
- map occupation of the area and record resources and information on the wood industry in the whole region to explore the possibility of restoring the tiger bush
- resume and implement local development programmes for the rural communities in the giraffe region
Phase II: 2008 – 2010
The aim of this second phase of the project is to strengthen protection efforts for giraffes in Niger in order to reduce human-wildlife conflict. These efforts have been reinforced by the involvement of villagers, promotion of local development and maintenance of qualified workers. A comprehensive scientific programme to ecologically monitor the species has also been implemented for advance action among the villagers and their development.
Association to Save the Giraffes of Niger (ASGN)