WCS Gabon

Welcome to WCS Gabon

Gabon is a true Eden of Africa, hosting one of the oldest human settlements on Earth and a full array of iconic African wildlife. Gabon's forests shelter species such as 
gorillas, chimpanzeeselephants and mandrills, while its seas are home to humpback whalesleatherback turtles and over 21 species of sharks and rays. Bridging Gabon’s ocean waters and its pristine forests is one of the most spectacular and environmentally intact coastlines in the world.

The country remains a haven for wildlife due to a history of relative isolation and low human population density, especially on the coast. Today, however, with threats increasing from industrial development and global trade, the country needs to find new conservation strategies that will ensure Gabon remains a haven for spectacular wildlife. Gabon’s national parks, established in 2002, are now the cornerstones of such conservation efforts, though much work remains to ensure they continue as a refuge for wildlife.

Fast Facts

  • Up to 50,000 forest elephants inhabit Gabon's vast forests, Gabon is now the last stronghold for forest elephants in central Africa
  • The world’s largest population of leatherback sea turtles nest on Gabon’s beaches, a recent study estimating as many as 41,000 breeding females
  • Around 800 mandrills in one troop can be observed in Lopé National Park. This is the largest-ever recorded aggregation of primates
  • Many of the Congo Basin’s last great tusker elephants survive in Ivindo National Park and can be seen at Langoué Bai
  • One of the world’s largest congregations of humpback whales breeds off Gabon’s coast after migrating from the Southern Ocean. Recent abundance estimates indicate that there are as many as 10,000 whales in this population.

Challenges

As Gabon opens-up to the outside world and diversifies its economy, new roads and rail networks are bringing an influx of workers into previously remote regions, causing an alarming rise in poaching, logging, and commercial trade in wildlife. Similarly, as new sources of minerals, oil and gas are discovered, the potential for conflict between exploiting these resources for economic gain and the need to protect sites of incredible conservation importance is intensifying.

WCS Responds

WCS’s history in Gabon began in 1985 with the first surveys of forest elephants, followed by a nationwide conservation priority assessment. These ground-breaking studies bore remarkable results when WCS helped the government established its national park system in 2002, encompassing 13 parks and more than 10 percent of the country's total land area.

The new national park system was partly an outcome of WCS explorer Dr. Mike Fay's famed "megatransect" through the remote forests of Gabon and neighboring Republic of Congo. Fay traveled with local assistants for 2,000 miles and 456 days, prompted by concerns that future logging would deprive the scientific community of what might otherwise be learned there. Fay's observations helped President Bongo recognize his country's significant wildlife heritage. Subsequent WCS-led studies have revealed that Gabon is home to the world’s largest nesting population of leatherback turtles and the largest remaining population of forest elephants.

Today, WCS remains the largest and most influential international conservation NGO working in Gabon. WCS has increased its commitment to two major landscapes: Gabon’s coast & ocean, and the forested interior. WCS is helping build Gabon’s capacity to manage its wildlife and ocean resources and monitoring the outcomes of conservation activities on wildlife.


 


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Publications

Guide de la mis en route de SMART
L'outil de suivi spatial et de rapportage sur les efforts anti-braconnage et application de la loi faune
3/10/2015
Especes Integralement Protegees
Affiche des espèces integralement protégées au Gabon
3/10/2015
DU en Gestion des Aires Protegees 2015
Appel à candidature
1/29/2015
Evaluation of the management of wildlife in the forestry concessions around the national parks of Lope, Waka and Ivindo, Gabon
Technical Report
1/21/2015
Suivi de l'application de la loi faune dans les concessions forestières
WCS Factsheet 2012
1/8/2015

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