World Wildlife Day - 20 Stunning Wildlife Photographs from The Gambia

Posted on Mar 01, 2016 by Kathryn Burrington

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A selection of photographs which highlight the beauty of wildlife in The Gambia, this World Wildlife Day.

This Thursday the United Nations celebrates World Wildlife Day with the theme “The future of wildlife is in our hands” with African and Asian elephants being the main focus of global campaigns.

Tragically the elephant, which was once The Gambia’s national emblem, was long ago hunted to extinction here. The last recorded sighting (and subsequent shooting) of an elephant was in 1913. The last giraffe died in 1899. Being a British colony with relatively easy access from Europe, it was a popular location for big game hunters. Despite there being no elephants left in the country, this mighty animal was still a common sight on Gambian stamps in the 1920s and well into the 50s.

Other animals that the country has sadly lost include lions, a number of species of antelopes and red river hogs, while the West African Manatee and the Western Red Colobus Monkey are in danger of extinction and many other animals including species of birds, fish, reptiles and mammals are considered at risk.

There is still, nevertheless, a wonderful array of wildlife to be found in the many different ecosystems that can be found across the country. Bottle nose dolphins can be spotted in the estuary of The River Gambia. Hippos can still be seen in the protected area of the River Gambia National Park, as can chimpanzees. The latter were once lost but have been successfully reintroduced thanks to the work of the Chimp Rehabilitation Project, an example of how tourism, if carried out in a sustainable manner, can be used as a force for good. Today ethical and sustainable wildlife watching generates funds to support conservation projects all around the globe. In The Gambia baboons can be seen scampering through Makasutu Forest once again thanks to the work of Mandina Lodges in re-establishing their natural habitat there. While at the Kartong Bird Observatory, various projects are providing invaluable aid to the local community, in addition to invaluable research and conservation of the local flora and fauna.  

20 Stunning Wildlife Photographs from The Gambia

In celebration of World Wildlife Day here are some of our favourite wildlife photos from The Gambia.

 

Ball python in The Gambia

Ball Python in The Gambia by reptiles4all | Shutterstock

   Crocodiles in The Gambia

Crocodiles in The Gambia by Daniel Hocheimy

 

Abuko Nature Reserve, The Gambia

African Darter by Chris Packham

African Darter by Chris Packham

 

Hyenna as Abuko Nature Reserve

Hyena by Polly Evans

 

Mandina Lodges, Makasutu Forest, The Gambia

Violet Turaco by Dave Montreuil at Mandina Lodge

Violet Turaco by Dave Montreuil

 

Butterfly at Mandina Lodge, The Gambia by Dave Montreuil

Butterfly by Dave Montreuil

  A male Violet-Backed Starling by Dave Montreuil

A male Violet-Backed Starling by Dave Montreuil

 

Squirrel, Mandina Lodges, Makasutu, Gambia by Dave Montreuil

Squirrel by Dave Montreuil

  A Red-Cheeked Cordon Bleu investigates an occupied vitelline weaver nest

A Red-Cheeked Cordon Bleu investigates an occupied vitelline weaver nest by Dave Montreuil

 

Goliath Heron by Dave Montreuil

A Goliath Heron flying passed the mangrove roots by Dave Montreuil

 

The Senegambia Hotel, The Gambia

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Green Vervet Monkeys playing at The Senegambia Hotel by Kathryn Burrington

  Glossy Blue Starling by Vaughan Ashby

Glossy Blue Starling by Vaughan Ashby

 

Bijilo Forest, The Gambia

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Western Red Colobus Monkeys by Dave Montreuil | Shutterstock

 

Green Vervet Monkeys

Green Vervet Monkeys by Kathryn Burrington

 

River Gambia National Park, The Gambia

Chimp at the Chiimpanzee Rehabilitation Project, River Gambia National Park

Chimpanzee at the Chimp Rehabilitation Project, River Gambia National Park by Daniel Hocheimy

Hippo in The River Gambia National Park

Hippo in The River Gambia National Park

 

Fathala Wildlife Reserve, Senegal

Zebras at Fathala Nature Reserve

Zebras

 

Raon Antelope at Fathala Nature Reserve, Senegal

Roan Antelope

 

Giraffe at Fathala Nature Reserve

Giraffe

 

Antelope at Fathala Nature Reserve

Antelope

 

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