This report is summary in nature, and is submitted to keep the DNCN fully apprised of the progress of this project. The current Protocole d’Accord de Cooperation was signed in September 2003, and is in effect for two years. The parties involved have been:?• a consortium of The WILD Foundation (USA); Save the Elephants (STE- Kenya) and The Environment and Development Group (EDG - UK);?• the Direction Nationale de la Conservation de la Nature (Mali);?• with close collaboration by the Embassy of the United States in Bamako, Ambassador Vicki Huddleston.? For ease and brevity, this report will restate the overall mission and goals, then simply list the objectives of the 2004-05 field research and data compilation and briefly report on progress. Following that will be an outline summary of the 2005 work plan.