Mauritania

SPI: 6.64

Species Protection Index Average: 41

National Report Card: Mauritania

Mauritania borders the North Atlantic Ocean on the coast of Western Africa. Its terrain is defined by sandy, flat plains of the Sahara Desert. The Senegal River mouth is located in Mauritainia. Most of the country is used for human activities, in its majority by rangeland. Mauritania has high biodiversity rarity of terrestrial land vertebrates at a global scale. When analysed as single taxons, the rarity of reptiles is also high. The rarity of marine fish and mammals is also high. Challenges to biodiversity inclue overgrazing; deforestation; soil erosion; drought and desertification; limited freshwater resources; and locust infestation.
0.61%

of land currently protected

1123

total land vertebrate species

3

endemic land vertebrate species

Species of significant conservation interest

Addax

13
amphibians / 0 endemic
906
birds / 0 endemic
94
mammals / 1 endemic
110
reptiles / 1 endemic

Information on this page was sourced from the CIA World Factbook and the Half-Earth Project Map.

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