Gadabedji Reserve

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Réserve total de faune & fôret classée du Gadabedji
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
Location Maradi Region, Niger
Nearest city Dakoro, Bader, Niger
Coordinates 12°35′59″N 2°36′00″E / 12.59972°N 2.60000°E / 12.59972; 2.60000Coordinates: 12°35′59″N 2°36′00″E / 12.59972°N 2.60000°E / 12.59972; 2.60000
Area 76,000 hectares
Established 1 January 1955
Governing body Parcs Nationaux & Reserves - Niger

The Gadabedji Total Reserve (Réserve totale de Faune du Gadabedji) is a nature reserve in the central region of Niger. It is a Total Faunal Reserve IUCN type IV, covering some 76,000 hectares within the northern tip of the Maradi Region, just north of the town of Dakoro, and south of the border with the Agadez Region.


The reserve, originally established 25 April 1955, by Law No. 3120/S.E. is also a 'fôret classée'. It covers a small area of Sahelian wooded steppe and grassland, south of the Aïr Mountains.

Animal population[edit]

Gadabedji Total Reserve was planned to protect Sahelo-Saharan antelopes, mainly the Scimitar-horned Oryx and Dama Gazelle populations which have largely disappeared due to local population pressures.[1] In the 1940s, the area was along an important migration route for the animals from the Tenere desert to the Adar in the south of the country. It remains a transhumance route for domesticated cattle and camels, as well as some wild Dorcas and Ménas Gazelles[2] The reserve is a proposed site of future Oryx reintroduction.[3]


  1. ^ Pierre Devillers and Jean Devillers-Terschuren. Report on the status and perspectives of a species : Gazella dama. Seminar on the Conservation and Restoration of Sahelo-Saharan Antelopes. Djerba, Tunisia, 19–23 February 1998 UNEP, Convention on Migratory Species
  2. ^ SAHELO-SAHARAN ANTELOPES - Concerted Action - CMS, DB 2007 report.