The Giant eland (Taurotragus derbianus) is the largest antelope in the world. The western subspecies of the Giant eland (Taurotragus derbianus derbianus) is critically endangered with less than 200 individuals living in wild. This remaining population lives only in the Niokolo Koba National Park. In response to their dwindling numbers, the Western Giant eland (WDE) conservation programme was established in 2000 with the support of experts from CZU. In 2010, the NGO Derbianus Conservation was established to support the collaboration of pedagogues, students from the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague and other specialists and conservation enthusiasts. Thanks to their activities and long-term Senegalese-Czech cooperation, there are now more than 100 living individuals of Western Giant eland in semi-captivity in natural reserves Bandia and Fathala.
Derbianus Conservation NGO is now internationally recognized conservation organisation building capacities for antelope conservation across the region of the whole West and Central African savanna, training students from all over the world to save the diversity of species and ecosystems. With more than 20 years of experience in the antelope conservation in West African savanna, Derbianus Conservation provides scientific evidence for the conservation management decisions, build capacities for the antelope conservation, provide support for field operations, and campaign for the conservation of antelopes and the ecosystems.