Fazao Mlafakassa National Park is home to several species of large mammals, including elephants, African buffalo and various primates. The latest data on large carnivores that established the presence of these species in the park dates from 1990. The socio-political troubles in Togo in the 1990s led to the total degradation of many protected areas, causing many species to disappear, including large carnivores. However, leopard footprints were recently found in the park, and many local farmers have reported sightings of lions. To properly protect the species, their presence needs to be officially confirmed.
- Confirm the presence of lions and leopard via updated scientific evidence;
- Integrate the habitats of these two species into “core zones” in the protected areas;
- Share the results of the project in scientific publications and through workshops that will help with the conservation efforts of these species.
- Organize training sessions with eco-guards on how to install camera traps;
- Carry out field missions every two months to collect data;
- Map out the habitats of the two species via GPS data;
- Organize four awareness-raising sessions in villages bordering the protected areas to enhance the conservation of the large carnivores.
This project is a part of the IUCN SOS African Wildlife initiative, which is funded by the European Commission’s Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development (DG Devco) through its B4Life initiative.