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at the forefront of 
conservation research
in the gambia

our wild story

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We are celebrating more than 20 years of successful Endangered (EN) species conservation in West Africa. During this time, Project Wild Gambia has contributed to the data collection, conservation, and research of some of the world’s rarest animals. As a by-product of our eco-tourism, we are benefiting the local people and the economy of The Gambia. 

We pride ourselves on contributing to the highest standard of scientific research, which has made a huge impact on the preservation and recovery of species populations in this human-dominated world. The work we and our participants achieve is published in scientific journals and contributes toward the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

We maintain strong relationships by working with Gambia’s governmental conservation bodies such as The Department of Parks and Wildlife Management (DPWM) and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO’s) including The West African Bird Society Association (WABSA) as well as local communities; to conduct world-renowned research.

Dr. Roy Armstrong - Head of Research at Project Wild Gambia

“Our mission is to protect and conserve The Gambia’s wildlife while assisting the people and economy of The Gambia through the development of eco-tourism."

Dr. Roy Armstrong, PhD, Bsc (Hons) Zoology

 
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HOW TO GET INVOLVED?

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Project Wild Gambia lets you experience some of the rarest wildlife within some of the most remote and breathtaking parts of The Gambia, a country that many aid organisations and charities have overlooked in the past. Becoming a Project Wild Gambia participant allows you to become totally immersed in West African culture whilst carrying out your own scientific research and meeting the people within local communities you're helping through your contributions.

Wildlife Tours with Project Wild Gambia

WILDLIFE  tours

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During our wildlife tours, you will be guided by British zoologists and Gambian experts in visiting all of the main habitats found in this incredibly diverse country, maximising your chances of seeing the widest range of species possible, with the option to extend your trip of a lifetime.

 

Our personal connections at the community level and our staff and partners' experience mean that we can experience things no other tours can offer and explain them clearly and knowledgeably. From the hippos and chimpanzees of our boat trips to the warthogs and baboons of our safaris and the turtles and sharks of our beach days, every day is packed with new highlights and issues to discuss. What are you waiting for?

 

EXPEDITIONS and field courses

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Conservation Expeditions with Project Wild Gambia

With over 20 years of experience studying The Gambia's wildlife and our involvement in conservation initiatives, we have specialised in formulating ‘world-class’ inspirational field trips to The Gambia. We pride ourselves in giving individuals, who are wanting to expand their skillset and contribute to the conservation of some of the world's rarest animals, the opportunity to gain real-life, hands-on experience with leading wildlife conservation professionals, where they can live and breathe the social, economic, physical and emotional challenges conservationists encounter.

During our bespoke conservation research expeditions and field courses, you will delve into the African bush and be presented with unique opportunities and project involvement such as researching Critically Endangered (CR) primates, dwarf crocodiles, hippos, or even discovering a new species of shark! What are you waiting for?

 
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placement  programmes

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We are delighted to announce that in addition to our research expeditions and field courses, we are now offering short and long-term placement opportunities with full academic and field support for capable and dedicated students.​ What are you waiting for?

 
 
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why the gambia? 

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wildlife

Caracal (Caracal caracal)
Caracal (Caracal caracal)

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Temminck's red colobus (Piliocolobus badius temminckii)
Temminck's red colobus (Piliocolobus badius temminckii)

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Common genet (Genetta genetta)
Common genet (Genetta genetta)

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Caracal (Caracal caracal)
Caracal (Caracal caracal)

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Although The Gambia is one of the smallest countries in West Africa, it is also one of the most biologically rich ecosystems on the African continent and is home to an array of diverse and spectacular flora and fauna. There is so much to learn about these species and their ecosystems; thus, current monitoring and surveying are crucial for their survival.  From Critically Endangered (CR) hooded vultures (Necrosyrtes monachus) to Temminck's red colobus (Piliocolobus badius temminckii), Atlantic humpback dolphins (Sousa teuszii), and the endemic Armitage's skink (Chalcides armitagei), your days will be packed with the wildest of wildlife. Beginning your day at the breakfast table with up to 12 Birds of Prey species passing by and the unknown of which species we will discover next. 

COMMUNITY

Attaya (local green tea)
Attaya (local green tea)

This tea plays an important role in Gambian culture. Steeped for around an hour and divided, attaya allows you to slow down your day, talk with friends, and enjoy each other's company.

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A local fisherman in Tendaba
A local fisherman in Tendaba

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Cruising in our open top land-rovers
Cruising in our open top land-rovers

Great for the aircon!

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Attaya (local green tea)
Attaya (local green tea)

This tea plays an important role in Gambian culture. Steeped for around an hour and divided, attaya allows you to slow down your day, talk with friends, and enjoy each other's company.

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The Gambia is one of Africa’s last unspoilt countries with an endless coastline and towering gallery forests. Senegambia's bustling streets are packed with vibrant colours, and locals make the area deserving of the title the Smiling Coast. The accommodative locals have a saying that “nothing is impossible in The Gambia”, allowing you to make the most of each trip, organising difficult journeys to carry out our crucial research, otherwise impossible without their can-do attitude. As you're driven along chaotic dirt roads, children will run alongside the vehicle with excitement, taking any opportunity to talk and play with you.  The main strip has an abundance of live musicians for all to enjoy, encouraging you to dance and join them on the bongos. Everyone greets you with a warm, welcoming smile and cannot do enough for you whilst you’re there. You’ll be sure to feel at home in the Smiling Coast!

Our achievements so far 

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We have accomplished many successes for conservation over the years, and our projects have led to some huge findings. From our survey work almost doubling the known global population of one of the world's rarest primates to rediscovering species believed to be extinct in The Gambia. Our fisheries data has contributed to a major published paper and we will be supporting the Communities For Red Colobus (C4RC) project in their efforts including collaboration on the collection of survey data and support for tree nurseries.

 

And we're just getting started!

 
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TESTIMONIALS

“The Gambia is a truly special place, full of amazing wildlife and smiling people! The Project Wild Gambia team offer a Gambian experience quite unlike anything else offered. The experience and passion of the British PWG team members combined with the expert knowledge and skills of the Gambian team members made my trip truly unforgettable. Whilst in The Gambia, I had the opportunity to join some the amazing conservation projects that the team have established and I really felt like I was contributing to conservation in The Gambia. My favourite experience in the entire trip was standing in the Gambian bush at night watching a family of bushbabies (a species I never thought I would see) under torchlight. I cannot recommend the Gambia enough, and if you want an experience like no other, then Project Wild Gambia are the people to choose."

Tom Wright 

 

OUR TEAM 

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We are a small team with a huge impact, comprised of highly experienced wildlife biologists, marine biologists, wildlife veterinarians, zoologists and partners working to protect The Gambia's incredible wildlife. 

 
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