Wildlife Waterholes in Parc W | African Wildlife Foundation

Wildlife Waterholes in Parc W

Preserving wildlife amidst a drought

Tags: Giraffe, Ratel, Roan Antelope, Serval, Topi, Warthog, Waterbuck, West African Giraffe, Benin, Burkina Faso, Niger, Regional Parc W, East Africa, Climate Change

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Descriptions & Plan

Short rainy season proves disastrous for local fauna. 

In Regional Parc W, 80% of the more than 30 water points are completely dry by March or April. The regular dry season in this region is difficult on wildlife but expected and a part of the natural balance in the ecosystem. In 2011, however, and unseasonably short rainy season threatened wildlife and prompted park authorities to worry that vital water sources would dry up long before the next rainy season began. 

Strategically placed waterholes save threatened wildlife. 

Using an emergency grant from the Adolf H Lundin Charitable Foundation, African Wildlife Foundation quickly went to work, coordinating with a local engineering firm to repair malfunctioning boreholes and pumping systems at two water points, while also drilling two entirely new boreholes in other parts of the park. The new water points were placed in locations important to local elephant populations as well as in an old riverbed. 

Camera traps provide researchers with new data.

In addition to drilling the critical waterholes, AWF also installed camera traps across six water points. These cameras help gather data on the species using the water points and the frequency of use. Thus far, more than 900 images of wildlife have been captured, providing important data to researchers and park officials. 

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