Yankari Game Reserve: school visits to meet with natural heritage
Located in North-Eastern Nigeria (Bauchi State), the Yankari Game Reserve has a total area of 2 244 km2. Created in 1956, Yankari is home to the largest concentration of elephants in West Africa (currently estimated to be 100-150). But the Reserve is also home to important populations of lions, buffaloes, hippopotamuses and hartebeests.
Active in Nigeria for more than ten years, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has been supporting the authorities of Bauchi in Yankari since 2009. The threat to certain species is particularly alarming; especially for elephants. Subsequently, WCS is most of the time working on emergency measures and short-term solutions: fighting against poaching, training rangers, etc. But the NGO keeps in mind that protecting ecosystems is also a long run endeavor.
The project supported by the French Embassy is following this conservation matter; a pacific and lasting coexistence between men and elephants. In this objective, ten primary school classes located in the surroundings of Yankari will be invited to visit the Game Reserve, watch and sensitized to the importance of preserving the elephants. The school trips will be complemented by radio broadcasts to enhance the awareness of the local populations on environmental and conservation issues.
This project will start in a few weeks and will last until the end of 2017.