Protection of the West African Manatee

The West African Manatee, Trichechus senegalensis, listed as ‘Vulnerable’ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, inhabits shallow coastal waters, wetland systems and rivers from Senegal to Angola.

Some of the most threats to this species include incidental capture in nets, hunting for meat, skin, bones and oil, and moreover habitat loss as a result of the damming of rivers, cutting of mangroves for firewood, coastal development, and the destruction of wetlands for agricultural development.

West African Manatee is listed on Appendix II of CITES and is protected by national laws.


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