Species List and Status of Mammals and Birds in Sambisa Game Reserve, Borno State, Nigeria
This study determined the species list and status of mammals and birds in Sambisa Game Reserve. Species list was determined using direct sighting, animal signs and activities, information from hunters and visits to bush meat processing and selling centers. Results indicate that a total of seventeen (17) species of mammals and fourteen (14) species of birds were inventoried in Sambisa Game Reserve. The status of the mammals is low though the primates are at low risk category whose survival depends on the effective conservation measures. All the birds with the exception of garganey are known to breed in the reserve. It can be concluded from the result that Sambisa Game Reserve contains representative sample of fauna in the Savanna ecosystems of Nigeria.