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Dept. of State For Parks & Wildlife
Banjul office

The Gambia
West Africa

Tel no: +220 4376973

Fax:              4228998 / 4224765



In 1968, The Gambia established its first protected area - Abuko Nature Reserve. This pioneering move was followed by the creation of the Wildlife Conservation Unit (WCU), under the auspices of the Department of Forestry.

In 1977, the WCU was upgraded into a government department (the Wildlife Conservation Department), reflecting the growing awareness of ecosystems and species values.

The Wildlife Conservation Department was renamed to the Department of Parks and Wildlife Management (DPWM) in 1994 as the agency’s role expanded into wildlife management and conservation.

Some of their functions are:-

• To protect and conserve The Gambia's remaining wild fauna as well as their natural environment for the present and future;

• create educational and leisure facilities for present and future populations through prudent use of wildlife resources;

• preserve archetypal natural examples of Gambian flora and fauna with the aim of a view to preserving genetic diversity;

• accumulate and disperse revenue, which has built up from the use of our wildlife resources to the Government as well as to nearby rural communities.

To inform the public about the value of conserving wildlife and to get their acquiesce of the need for wildlife conservation as a viable alternative for the use of land.

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