Kouré is best known for West African giraffes (Giraffa camelopardalis peralta), an endemic subspecies of West Africa. The population of giraffes in Niger reached a low of 50 animals 1984, but according to the Association to Safeguard Giraffes in Niger (ASGN) there are now 170 of them. ASGN and its partners have assisted the local community with bore holes, cereal banks, grain mills, seeds and fertilizer to encourage them to protect the giraffes, which can be destructive to crops. However, the population of giraffes is threatened by loss of the tiger bush habitat, which is gradually being cleared for agriculture.
In July 2011 the Association des Scouts du Niger ran an international solidarity camp at Kouré. About 300 young people aged 18 to 25 years from various countries attended. The theme was promoting youth participation in development through a culture of peace, tolerance and nonviolence.
Hippos in the Niger River to the south of Kouré
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