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ANI aims to improve the management of landscapes as a whole, including creating a fire management strategy and cooperating with cattle grazers to develop alternative grazing reserves to reduce the number of cattle in the park. Using these management techniques, we can promote the regeneration of indigenous species and forests.
The ranges of many species throughout Africa have declined significantly from what they once were, including in Gashaka Gumti. ANI works to reintroduce wildlife populations to the places that they should be, bringing back key species to their native environments. These populations help stabilize habitats and reduce the risk of extinction.
Invasive Species Management
Non-native species can negatively impact indigenous ones while degrading habitats. Gashaka Gumti contains several invasive species that have thrived in overgrazed and heavily-impacted ecosystems, including Gmelina arborea in the south of the park and Calopogonium mucunoides in the north. Targeted researchwill determine how damaging these species are and inform strategies for elimination for these species from the park.
Wildlife doesn't adhere to the same boundaries that humans set. Gashaka Gumti is located close to Faro National Park and the proposed Tchabal Mbabo National Park, both across the border in Cameroon. Through collaborating across borders, we hope to create a transboundary corridor that promotes wildlife migration between protected areas.
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