Update the survey of the Populations of Artiodactyls and threats in the Dassioko Sud Forest Reserve, Côte d’Ivoire

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Update the survey of the Populations of Artiodactyls and threats in the Dassioko Sud Forest Reserve, Côte d’Ivoire

Eloi Anderson Bitty, Kouadio Benoit Kassé, Sery Gonédélé Bi, Jean-Baptiste Kouamé
Int. J. Biosci.22( 1), 112-118, January 2023.
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Côte d’Ivoire comprises part of West Africa’s Guinean Forest Region, an ecosystem of great biological richness, species diversity, and endemism. The region is known to be involved in the World Biodiversity Hotspot. The country was covered by 16 million hectares of forest which is habitat of several animal species. However, this forest is continuously facing a huge human pressure that leads to a high deforestation rate as well as the depopulation of the wildlife inhabiting that natural habitat. From July 1st 2021 to September 1st 2021, we conducted survey in the Dassioko Forest Reserve and the surrounding villages. The interviewees were asked to indicate the Artiodactyl species present in their area as well as its abundance. In addition, we carried foot survey in the Reserve. During the survey we collected any evidence of the artiodactyl species, by sighting foot prints and dung. Also, we collected the human activities inside the forest. The interviews will the local communities revealed that 15 species still present in the area. However, during the foot survey conducted inside the forest we sighted 9 species. The Endangered Pygmy Hippopotamus, Choeropsis liberiensis was observed in the forest. In addition, we observed three species with conservation concern: the Bongo, Tragelaphus eurycerus (0.62 encounter/Km), the Yellow Backed Duiker, Cephalophus silvicultor (0.3 encounter/Km) and the Bay Duiker, Cephalophus dorsalis (0.45 encounter/Km).The survey showed that the main threat on the wild are forest encroachment and poaching. So conservation must be taken to mitigate the threat.


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