Termit Tin Toumma, Niger

Termit Massif

The magnificent Termit and Tin Toumma regions of Niger are amongst the most important regions in the Sahara for wildlife, being the last remaining stronghold in the entire Sahara for a suite of threatened desert species. ZSL has provided technical support to partners to assist with the establishment of a new protected area to ensure the continued survival of this unique ecosystem.   

Why we are there

The Termit and Tin Toumma regions of Niger contain a large variety of desert habitats, ranging from mountains and valleys to grassy plains, open desert and sand seas. They are home to one of the most diverse biological communities remaining in the Sahara including some of the world’s rarest desert species. The area contains one of the last remaining wild populations of the critically endangered addax and dama gazelle, the Saharan cheetah and Barbary sheep, the only known place on the planet where all these species can still be found in one place. The addax population found there is the largest remaining on earth and the survival of the species depends on efforts to protect and manage this area.

Key achievements and goals

ZSL have been working with the Sahara Conservation Fund and other partners for a decade to support their efforts to establish a vast new protected area in this region. ZSL has primarily supported on establishing, conducting and providing training for a wildlife and habitat monitoring programme which has provided vital data to support this process. These efforts were crowned on 6th March 2012 when the government of Niger gazetted the Termit Tin Toumma National Nature and Cultural Reserve in Niger. This magnificent Saharan ecosystem is now one of the largest protected areas in Africa at 100,000km2.

Project information

Key Species

  • Addax, Critically Endangered
  • Dama gazelle, Critically Endangered
  • Dorcas gazelle, Vulnerable
  • Barbary sheep, Vulnerable
  • Saharan cheetah subspecies, Critically Endangered (compared to the vulnerable status of the species as a whole).

People involved

  • Tim Wacher is ZSL’s lead scientist on this project

Partners and sponsors

  • Sahara Conservation Fund