Preserving the last remaining Addax population in the wild

10.11.2020

Addax in Niger
Credits : A. Harouna

CONSERVATION PROBLEM

Addax populations in the wild have been decreasing since 2012. It is now estimated that only 100 individuals remain, distributed between the Tin-Toumma desert in Niger and the Niger-Chad border area. The species is now on the brink of extinction due to poaching, disturbance and increased human presence in the area. The trafficking of arms, drugs and human beings increases the movement vehicles and risks of poaching, while oilmen disturb and degrade the habitat of the Addax. This has led Addax populations to disperse into sub-groups, in remote areas, making conservation efforts more difficult. Improving knowledge of this species is therefore urgent if any conservation work is to be successful.

PROJECT OBJECTIVES

  • Identify the precise location of the 3 addax sub-groups related to the project;
  • Maintaining and protecting existing addax populations within the project’s area.

PROJECT ACTIVITIES

  • Organize four consultation workshops with nomadic communities;
  • Recruit and train local community scouts that will carry out surveillance patrols;
  • Execute various reconnaissance, monitoring and anti-poaching missions;


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