was a statement made by the then President Sir Dawda
Kairaba Jawara (DK) in 1977, aimed at calling attention
for the need to protect The Gambia's quickly vanishing
flora and fauna.
is a sobering reflection that in a relatively short
period of our history most of our larger wildlife species
have disappeared together with much of the original
forest cover. The survival of the wildlife still remaining
with us and the setting aside of protected natural habitats
for them is the concern of all of us.
It would be tragic if this priceless natural heritage,
the product of millions of years of evolution, should
be further endangered or lost for want of proper concern.
This concern is a duty we owe to ourselves, to our great
African heritage and to the world.
Thus I solemnly declare that my Government pledges its
untiring efforts to conserve for now and posterity as
wide a spectrum as possible of our remaining fauna and