The reserve protects the ecosystem from the advancing degradation and also uses the natural potential of the original and introduced large animal species for developing eco-tourism in the region. Without a doubt this has benefited overall development by that through the direct offer of jobs for the local population or by the indirect sup­port of new services.

The climatic conditions are somewhat more favourable than in the area of the Bandia reserve as there is more rain in the area: the annual rainfall is 839 mm (data from the meteorological station in Banjul). The main dry period is from No­vember to May, the rainy season is from July to October. In May maximum tem­peratures reach 31.2 °C, in January the lowest average temperature is 26 °C (meteorological station in Kaolack) (Niang 2001). The pedological conditions are varied where we can find typical tropical ferric luvisols and nitosols and slight­ly developed gleysols in the flood valleys and depressions

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