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See detailLes populations de grands mammifères et d'autruches du Parc National de Zakouma au Tchad : statuts et tendances évolutives
Dejace, Philippe; Gauthier, Laure; Bouché, Philippe ULg

in Revue d'Ecologie (2000), 55

Zakouma National Park is situated in the south-east of Chad Republic and covers more than 3 000 km2. Rehabilitated in 1989, it is certainly one of the best-preserved wildlife sanctuaries in Sahelian ... [more ▼]

Zakouma National Park is situated in the south-east of Chad Republic and covers more than 3 000 km2. Rehabilitated in 1989, it is certainly one of the best-preserved wildlife sanctuaries in Sahelian Africa. Aerial census shows that most of its original fauna is still present, making the Park an exception in the region despite the recent troubled history of this country. Total population estimates of elephants, buffaloes and topis are given and distribution maps are presented for eleven species. Results are compared with two previous estimates. Except for the ostrich and perhaps the warthog, probably in regression, the populations of two species are stable (hartebeest and giraffe) while the others are clearly increasing (buffalo, topi, elephant and roan antelope). Those encouraging results are the consequence of the remoteness of the park, wich is far from any big town, and also overflooded and isolated during the wet season. Those facts contribute to maintain the human pressure at a sustainable level. [less ▲]

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See detailLes aires protégées dans la tourmente. Evolution de la situation de 1990 à 1996
Bouché, Philippe ULg

in Cahiers d'Ethologie (1998), 18(2), 161-174

The Akagera National Park (ANP) and the Volcano National Park (VNP) are the main protected areas in Rwanda. Following civil war that bloodstained the country since 1990, the destiny of these two parks ... [more ▼]

The Akagera National Park (ANP) and the Volcano National Park (VNP) are the main protected areas in Rwanda. Following civil war that bloodstained the country since 1990, the destiny of these two parks diverged. The VNP, dedicated to the conservation of one of the last population of mountain gorillas and of their habitat, recovered somehow the same situation as before the war despite some gorillas were lost. The ANP, on the other hand, has been invaded by large herds of domestic cattle, which resulted in serious injuries at its integrity. It seems that two-thirds of the park are on the way to be sacrificed and will be devoted to human and cattle settlement. The fate of the remaining third is still undecided. About 63 years after the park was created, the golden era of this protected area of international reputation seems close to an end... But it is the conservationists' duty to carry on. [less ▲]

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