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Confirmation of the survival of the Critically Endangered dama gazelle Gazella dama in south Tamesna, Mali


François Lamarque a1c1, Amewey Ag Sid'Ahmed a2, Stéphane Bouju a3, Gaoussou Coulibaly a4 and Daouda Maïga a5
a1 Office national de la chasse et de la faune sauvage, B.P. 236–75822 Paris Cedex 17, France
a2 Direction régionale de la Conservation de la Nature, Kidal, Mali
a3 Service de Coopération et d'Action Culturelle, BP 84 Bamako, Mali
a4 Direction nationale de la Conservation de la Nature, B.P. 275 Bamako, Mali
a5 Direction régionale de l'agriculture, Kidal, Mali

Article author query
lamarque f   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 
sid'ahmed aa   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 
bouju s   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 
coulibaly g   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 
maïga d   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 

Abstract

In February 2005 a survey confirmed the existence of Critically Endangered dama gazelle Gazella dama in south Tamesna, eastern Mali. Two zones, covering an area of 1,775 km2, were systematically surveyed. Seven gazelles were seen and evidence was found of 18 additional individuals, giving an estimated density of 0.047 gazelles km−2. The dama gazelles are taking refuge in places where it is difficult to drive because of a strongly-marked relief and the presence of grassy tussocks. Preliminary genetic analysis of faeces indicates that these gazelles belong to the subspecies Gazella dama dama. These populations are of particular importance for the conservation of the dama gazelle, and an aerial survey has been planned to confirm the terrestrial observations. The government of Mali has, however, already decided to create three protected areas in Tamesna for the conservation of the dama gazelle and Vulnerable dorcas gazelle Gazella dorcas.

(Published Online March 5 2007)
(Received July 6 2005)
(Revised October 19 2005)
(Accepted March 30 2006)


Key Words: Critically Endangered; dama gazelle; Gazella dama; Mali; Sahel; Tamesna.

Correspondence:
c1 Correspondence: Office national de la chasse et de la faune sauvage, B.P. 236–75822 Paris Cedex 17, France. E-mail f.lamarque@oncfs.gouv.fr


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