Yankari: children and their natural heritage
Created in 1956 in the State of Bauchi (North of Nigeria), the Yankari Game Reserve has a total area of 2.244 km² and is home to the largest concentration of elephants in West Africa (100 to 150). Yankari is also home to important populations of lions, buffalos and antelopes.
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is supporting the authorities of Bauchi in Yankari since 2009.
The threat to certain species, especially elephants, is particularly alarming. If WCS has to work on emergency measures and short-term solutions (fighting against poaching, training rangers, etc.), the NGO also keeps in mind that protecting ecosystems (building a pacific and lasting coexistence between men and animals e.g.) is a long run endeavor.
The project supported by the Embassy of France has to be viewed in this context. Ten primary school classes located in the surroundings of Yankari will be invited to visit the Game Reserve and will be sensitized to the importance of preserving the elephants. Radio programs will also be broadcasted to raise local awareness of environmental and conservation issues.
This project will start in a few weeks and will last until the end of 2017.