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  1. While the giraffe populations are globally collapsing worldwide, mainly due to ilegal poaching and shrinking habitat, there is a fantastic story ocuring South of Niamey, Niger's capital. We now know that there are 4 distinct species of giraffes and not a single one as we thought before, this breakthrough was made last year by Fennessy. The new species were named: Northern, Southern, Reticulated and Masai giraffes. Some populations thus took much more important than before, especially for the highly endangered reticulated and Northern giraffe, this latter only has a population of less than 5000 animals, operated in three distinct sub-species: Kordofan (G. c. antiquorum), Nubian (G. c. camelopardalis) and West African giraffe (G. c. peralta). The stronghold for this species is represented by the Kordofan and Nubian sub-species which have an estimated 2000 and 2650 animals respectively. The last sub-species called West African giraffe is the most endangered of all is only found in South West Niger. By the mid 90's, the population was on the verge of extinction, with a low 50 animals left around the brousses tigrées in the Kouré region. From then, Niger, supported by international donors and institutions, started great conservation work with the local communities. Hopefully, local communities of Kouré are very tolerant to the giraffes that leave, travel and damage on their fields. This is amazing considering that they are struggling to produce mills with very little rain compared to before due to climate change. They have not only stopped poaching, but helped the population o increase back. The population was about 175 in 2007, 311 in 2011, 366 in 2012, 450 in 2014. The method used is a total count where each animal is uniquely identified in an album with 2 pictures of each side of the animal. The last count was made in 2016 and identified 300 different giraffes. For some reasons some 2015 animals were not identified again but still survive, which gives the total population at 550 animals! The trend is fantastic, 11% increase per year. If things do not change, giraffes could migrate to found new habitat (they might reach quickly the carrying capacity in Niger) and by 2027, it would be expected at this rate that the population would be around the 1000 animals. Indeed, some animals are migrating in neighboring countries. Some giraffes were reported to be killed in North West Nigeria, and in the Gao region of Mali last year. It is then very relevant to start to work with communities and authorities in these countries to ensure that the western giraffe recover its foreign range on the the left side of the Niger river. We sometimes only focus on very sad news, I then tried to take time to resumen the situation of this successful conservation project instead of only presenting the last count results. The 2016 count report can be found here: @wenchy visited the region and spotted some of these remarkable animals. Did you find many of them? I would be very interested to know more about your experience!
  2. Here is the last newsletter from SCF: Remember that the Saharan Conservation Fund is working with partners in the scimitar horned oryx reintroduction project in Ouadi Achim Ouadi Rimé Game Reserve in Northern Chad (, and is currently the leading NGO working in the conservation of the Sahelian-Saharan ecosystems.
  3. Here is the last SCF communication release, which stresses on an addax survey in Tim Touma desert in Eastern Niger where addax main population crashed down in the last years, and on the scimitar horned oryx reintroduction project in OROA, Chad.
  4. ~ This October, 2015 research article from the Cambridge University journal Oryx presents findings from a survey of the presence of Acinonyx jubatus hecki, Saharan Cheetah on Niger's Termit Massif. Camera trapping, field observation, 43 distinct cheetah tracks and interviews with local residents were done to determine population status and distribution.
  5. ~ This January, 2016 research article from the Journal of Mammalogy, in .pdf format, presents findings from a field study of Vulpes pallida, Pale Fox, in Niger's Termit & Tin Toumma National Nature and Cultural Reserve. Radio-collars were placed on ten pale foxes to monitor their home ranges. One of the world's smallest canids, it was found that over 90% of their diet was desert arthropods.
  6. Here is the last newsletter from SCF (Sahara Conservation Fund), from may 2015:
  7. The Saharan Consvervation Fund conducted one survey in Termit in Eastern Niger to monitor the addax, one species which were particularly targeted last year by poachers. The news are depressing. After 3200 km of aerial survey and 700 km of ground surveys, they have only be able to find 3 animals. Termit was the last strongholg for this critically endangered species. If confirmed, no population are now viable. @Wenchy: did you manage to organize your trip in Niger? You could eventually contact SVSTchad, I understand they provide assistance and logistics in Niger for SCF too. Posted on SCF Facebook page:
  8. Here is a report submitted at the 2015 SSIG conference, concerning wildlife state in the Air and Tenere National Reserve in Northern Niger.

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