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Mali’s territory is home to only five ecoregions, but these ecoregions numerous sustain rare and iconic species. An international coalition of partners, including the Mali’s government and the United Nations, is working to restore habitat in Mali for the benefit of people and wildlife.

Elephants embrace. Photo by Corentin Marzin.

Mali's Ecology

Mali’s norther expanse is defined by some of the world’s harshest deserts. In the south, woodlands dominate the terrain. In this country, one of the poorest in the world, the challenge is to link livelihood opportunities with the protection of the land and its wildlife. Here, people share the land with one of the last remaining herds of desert elephant in the north and chimpanzees in the south. Sustaining human well-being is part and parcel with effective conservation efforts has already proven to be a powerful tool for restoring nature.

Half (Mission Achieved)

Ecologically intact & protected landscapes comprise 50% or more of this country.

Can Reach Half

Intact landscapes lacking protected status comprise 50% or more of this country.

Could Be Restored

Between 20-40% of landscapes are still ecologically intact.


Less than 20% of the natural ecology of this area is intact.


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Juvenile chimpanzees playing. Photo by Delphine Bruyere.
Bafing National Park

The only protected area for chimpanzees in this region, this 5000 square kilometer national park is an important cornerstone of Mali’s biodiversity.

Mali The Gourma Region
The Gourma Region

Though not a protected area, the Mali Elephant Project works in this region to restore habitat for the benefit of people and elephants. 

Mali Boucle du Baoule National Park
Boucle du Baoulé National Park

One of the largest protected areas in Mali, this park is known for its cultural importance which includes prehistoric rock art and tombs.  

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