Classé en Août 1954, Le Parc W est une aire protégée transfrontalière qui comprend une partie béninoise (520 000 ha), une partie burkinabé (230 000 ha) et une partie nigérienne (220 000 ha). Il s’inscrit dans un complexe plus vaste dénommé WAP qui inclut les parcs de l’Arly du Burkina Faso et de la Pendjari du Benin (W, Arly, Pendjari), (UICN, 2010). Ce complexe est considéré comme le plus grand et le important continuum d’écosystèmes terrestres, semi-aquatiques et aquatiques de la ceinture de savanes de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (PNUD, 2008).
The Andriantantely forest is home to four Critically Endangered lemur species: the Greater Bamboo Lemur, the Black-and-White Ruffed Lemur, the Indri and the Diademed Sifaka. Unfortunately, this forest is prone to anthropological pressures like slash-and-burnt agriculture, illegal logging and lemur trapping and hunting.
Tsinjo may be one of the most well-known wild aye-ayes (Daubentonia madagascariensis), a species of lemur, in the world. For more than a decade, a monitoring team from the Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership has spent long nights tracking her through the forests of Torotorofotsy, reporting on her health and learning how she uses her habitat. Because of their efforts, we know that she covers a huge territory similar in size to that of female orangutans!
The COVID-19 pandemic impacted all our projects this year. Lockdown restrictions and various worldwide safety protocols have left many threatened species exposed to poaching and other dangers, and there is a very real risk that we could lose decades of progress and conservation successes.
The Goitered gazelle (Gazella subgutturosa) is a medium-sized ungulate with fur colours that blend with the vast deserts and dry grasslands in their wide range. The largest population was located in Kazakhstan but in recent years, major declines were recorded in the country and across Central Asia. As a result, IUCN Save Our Species is now funding four different conservation projects.