Chad’s wildlife has endured a hostile environment. Poaching dearly decimated the elephant population of Zakouma National Park, but persistent conservation and anti-poaching efforts revived the dwindling elephant numbers, from 400 in 2010 to at last over 500 in 2017. Zakouma also cradles 50 percent of Africa’s Kordofan giraffe population, and thus serves as a key conservation site for this Northern African subspecies of giraffe. In addition, approximately 140 critically endangered West African lion reside in Zakouma during the dry season. The park also hosts 388 bird species, which include the black-breasted barbet, the blue-cheeked bee eater, Abyssinian roller, quelea, and Marabou stork. With its exceptionally conserved status, Zakouma National Park welcomes an abundance of wildlife in a landscape ready for exploration.
The Ennedi region of Chad contains among the best natural phenomena the Sahara Desert has to offer. Rock formations carve out lines and arches that merge with the sky to create a desert skyline free of traffic and air pollution, abundant only with stillness and stars. Gueltas hold pockets of water that nourish camels on their journeys and provide scarce habitats for some of the last remaining desert crocodiles on Earth. Water continues to astonish in Ennedi with the Lakes of Ounianga. The blue hues of these lakes, comprising of eighteen in total, contrast stunningly with the golden Sahara Desert sand. Along these waters you may be able to spot pairs of marbled ducks and their ducklings. Mammals in Ennedi consist of desert dwellers such as Dorcas gazelle, Barbary sheep, and jackal.