Loro Parque Foundation confirm funding for Senegal surveys
At the end of October 2020, the Loro Parque Foundation (LPF) confirmed the success of a funding proposal prepared by the African Aquatic Conservation Fund (AACF) and the CCAHD to carry out a survey of Atlantic humpback dolphins in Senegal. The survey aims to establish a baseline of data and tools required to better understand the abundance, distribution and health of Atlantic humpback dolphins in the Saloum Delta of Senegal, with an eye toward defining the management needs for this population as well as tools that can be used to protect the species throughout its range. It will include a feasibility study for acoustic monitoring, and awareness-raising workshops with government and community stakeholders.
Javier Almunia, Director of the Loro Parque Foundation said that “the decision was to grant the full amount requested in the proposal, and increase our engagement in the conservation of the species in the long term.” The CCAHD is delighted to work with the AACF to carry out this project, and anticipates that it will form the basis for ongoing longer-term population monitoring in the Saloum Delta that can subsequently be extended to other geographic regions. Baseline surveys are considered fundamental to ensuring the conservation of this poorly-known species, ensuring that evidence-based advice can be provided to decision-makers.