Inventory of the Big Mammals of the Bay of Wali, In View of its Tourist Exploitation
Mahamadou Moustapha, Pierre Mbete, Henri Boukoulou, Fulbert Akouango, Christophe Ngokaka and Joseph Vouidibio
The management rational of a protected area in general, the one to vocation cynégétique in particular, must rest on merely scientific bases. Information and the key information on vegetation, fauna and the ecological functions of the protected area, must be collected progressively so that they help to make assort a coherent program of his/her/its planning. The administrators of these spaces must follow the evolution of these resources therefore regularly, and particularly to know the animal species and their movements. It is in this optics that the present survey has been undertaken in the Bay of Wali situated to the periphery of the National Park of Nouabalé Ndoki in the goal to know the quality and the quantity of big mammals that frequent it. The present survey has been achieved during three months of January 15 to April 15, 2011 to the course of which we inventoried the big mammals in and to the periphery of the Bay of Wali. According to the results of this survey, the Bay of Wali presents a very rich, containing animal diversity thirty one (31) species different from big mammals, having preferences of very determined habitat. These preferences seem to be guided by the food needs and in mineral salts, the bodily cares and the type of plant formation. The results of the present survey could contribute to the setting up of a vast program of development of the vision tourism around the Bay of Wali and his/her/its periphery.