Niger's W National Park is at the heart of a nearly 1 million hectare cross-border natural complex that includes Benin, Niger and Burkina Faso recently listed as a transboundary Ramsar site.
Niger's W National Park in Niger has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1996 and has been recognized as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve since 2002.
Niger's W National Park is at the heart of a nearly 1 million hectare cross-border natural complex that includes Benin, Niger and Burkina Faso and has been protected since 2007 by the Ramsar Convention
The park is famous for its large mammals including Cape orardcopes, baboons, buffaloes, caracals, cheetahs, elephants, hippos, leopards, lions, servals and warthogs. It is a shelter for the last known population of Giraffa camelopardalis peralta, and a habitat for some of the last wild elephants in West Africa.
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Niger’s Park W is at the heart of a natural cross-border park complex of nearly 1,000,000 hectares prized for its large mammals—buffalo, leopard, lion, roan antelope, hippopotamus and others—and one of the last remaining habitats for Western African elephants. Parc W, covering an area of 220,000 hectares, is located in the southwest of Niger 150 km (a 2 hour-drive) from the capital Niamey.
Niger’s Park W is a refuge for the most emblematic species of the African savannah, with elephants, wild dogs, manatees, cheetahs, hippopotamus, lions and the last population of giraffes in West Africa located at the edge of the park’s biosphere reserve. With 73 species of large mammals, 200 species of fish, 100 species of reptiles and 530 species of birds, the ecological, scientific, touristic and economic interest of Park W is unparalleled.
W Park in Niger is facing an unprecedented crisis today due to a particularly difficult security environment in the region. This current context represents a very important constraint not only for Nigerian authorities and local communities but also for technical partners in the implementation of priority activities to ensure the good management of the park. The security situation impacts the basic activities of monitoring, ecological monitoring, infrastructure management , trail maintenance and support to neighboring communities, not to mention tourism throughout the WAP complex. This situation also exacerbates the impacts of illegal and destructive activities such as poaching, logging and collection of non-timber products, fishing and other forms of environmental degradation. WAC's innovative vision based on science, technology and a business approach can reverse this trend in close collaboration with institutional, technical and financial partners
Known for its vast size and biological diversity, you can now explore Park W in virtual reality!
Navigate the parks in 360-degrees as your guide talks you through the area and discover cool video clips about your favourite African creatures.