West African Slender-snouted Crocodile basking at the bank of Tano River in Techiman, Ghana, courtesy Threatened Species Conservation Alliance
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Save Ghana’s Slender-snouted Crocodile From Extinction

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Project Overview

Habitat loss threatens the last refuge for the West African Slender-snouted Crocodile driving them close to extinction.

  • Species at Risk

    Slender-snouted Crocodile (CR), Home’s Hinge-back Tortoise (CR), White-bellied Pangolin (EN)

  • Carbon stored

    Not calculated for this project*

    *(metric tons of CO2 equivalents)
  • Partner

    Threatened Species Conservation Alliance

  • 838 Acres Conserved by

    Designation

Project Cost: $761,343
Funding Raised: $78,802

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Ghana
Acres

838

Project Overview

Habitat loss threatens the last refuge for the West African Slender-snouted Crocodile driving them close to extinction.

  • Species at Risk

    Slender-snouted Crocodile (CR), Home’s Hinge-back Tortoise (CR), White-bellied Pangolin (EN)

  • Carbon stored

    Not calculated for this project*

    *(metric tons of CO2 equivalents)
  • Partner

    Threatened Species Conservation Alliance

  • 838 Acres Conserved by

    Designation

Project Cost: £572,438
Funding Raised: £59,249

Please note that your donation may not be immediately reflected in the funding thermometer above.

Ghana
Acres

838

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Project Overview

In Ghana, the largest unprotected population of West African Slender-snouted Crocodile (CR) resides in the Techiman-Tanoso stretch of the Tano River. Despite the strong local traditional beliefs that strictly forbid hunting the crocodile, rapid degradation of nesting areas and water pollution threaten their survival. Without protection of their habitat, one of the rarest crocodiles in the world could disappear in this region forever.

Rainforest Trust and our local partner, Threatened Species Conservation Alliance, will establish the 838-acre community-based Techiman-Tanoso Crocodile Sanctuary. The sanctuary will be created in alignment with the local community and will protect a 130’ wide riparian buffer on each side of the Tano River for 25 miles.

Header photo: The Critically Endangered Slender-snouted Crocodile on the banks of the Tano River, courtesy of our local partner, Threatened Species Conservation Alliance

Explore Ghana's Tano River

West African Slender-snouted Crocodile along the Tano River in Techiman, Ghana, courtesy Threatened Species Conservation Alliance
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West African Slender-snouted Crocodile along the Tano River in Techiman, Ghana, courtesy Threatened Species Conservation Alliance

West African Slender-snouted Crocodiles bask on the banks of Tano River in Techiman, Ghana, courtesy Threatened Species Conservation Alliance
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West African Slender-snouted Crocodiles bask on the banks of Tano River in Techiman, Ghana, courtesy Threatened Species Conservation Alliance

Home's Hinge-back Tortoise, Ghana, by Sharp Photography/Wikimedia Commons
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Home's Hinge-back Tortoise, Ghana, by Sharp Photography/Wikimedia Commons

White-bellied Tree Pangolin, by Justin Miller/Wikimedia Commons
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White-bellied Tree Pangolin, by Justin Miller/Wikimedia Commons

Did you know?

70-90%

of the West African Slender-snouted Crocodile’s population has been decimated over the past 75 years.

Threats and Solutions

Protect the Last Remaining Stronghold for this Rare Crocodile

This fragile habitat for the crocodile and other rare species faces an uncertain future. Only 35% of its original riparian vegetation is left intact. The creation of this protected area is urgently needed as further delays will result in the total collapse of this critical ecosystem. Home’s Hinge-back Tortoise (CR) and White-bellied Pangolin (EN) are also in imminent danger of extinction as slash-and-burn land clearing, harvesting for food and the wildlife trade threaten their survival.

Support Science-Based Methods for Sanctuary Creation

The Threatened Species Conservation Alliance has been working in Ghana since 2017 to assess the population status of the Slender-snouted Crocodile. Through surveys and research, conservationists identified the most critical, unprotected habitat in this region for the Slender-snouted Crocodile. Here, in the proposed protected area, they recorded 271 direct sightings—the highest rate for this rare crocodile in recent times.

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