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Rhoko forest revealed to hold the highest butterfly diversity in Africa!

Careful surveying of the butterflies in Rhoko forest over a period of five years has demonstrated the highest species diversity on the African continent for a single location. More than 550 butterfly species have so far been identified within walking distance of our field station. But just as remarkable is the fact that the rate more »

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Iko Esai community bans slash & burn farming to save their forest

In a bid to take charge of a sustainable approach to their forest resource, the community of Iko Esai has for the first time ever imposed a ban on any clearing of forest for new farmland in the coming growing season. As a rule, the period from March to May each year sees an Armageddon more »

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Two Putties in two days: Felicia and Wizkid

Ten days ago, an expatriates driver showed up at CERCOPAN’s gate with a small putty-nosed monkey. He explained that the expat traveled back to his country, and in his absence, the workers at the factory where she was kept had been abusing her. The monkey was scared and unable to use one of her back legs. more »

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More than just a convenience

Agoi Ibami Community Based Organisation (CBO) has just completed the construction of three public toilets, using funds awarded by the CERCOPAN small grants programme. According to UNICEF “lack of toilets is the cause of an estimated 2 million preventable deaths a year, mostly in children killed by a variety of dysentery-like intestinal ailments”. Human excreta more »

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Cementing our relationship

We would like to say a big thank you to UNICEM Nigeria for their generous donation of 50 bags of cement for our primate rehabilitation and community conservation programmes. As an organisation based in a harsh tropical environment, whose infrastructure includes 2 offices, 2 education centres, a 1.5km nature trail, 30 m high tree platform, more »

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Say Hello, Wave Goodbye

This month, we welcomed Kim Nouwen, who replaces former volunteer Laetitia Coret as Calabar Sanctuary Manager. Kim  has a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Husbandry and a Masters Degree in Animal Sciences from Wageningen University. She completed an internship at Monkey World and conducted research on the vocalisations of wild orangutans in Borneo, Indonesia. Kim’s main more »

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CERCOPAN hosts New York researchers

CERCOPAN recently hosted Professor James Higham and post-doctoral researcher William Allen from New York University, who are compiling a database of the facial patterns of different guenon species as part of a study of guenon facial pattern evolution. With more than 80 guenons in our care, including the only group of Sclater’s guenons and only more »

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CERCOPAN Education Programme

The results are in…

In 2012, CERCOPAN set out to completely re-design the primate conservation education programme. Thanks to a grant from the Captain Planet Foundation, our Education Officer Abakum was able to carry out a pilot of the new curriculum to  measure its impacts and make final adjustments before full implementation. The results were even better than expected, more »

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REDDY soon?

This month a 3-day workshop was held on Participatory Governance Assessment (PGA) in  REDD+. The workshop, organised by the UN-REDD team and the Cross River State Forestry Commission, was attended by representatives from the communities in the three Cross River pilot areas, as well as NGO representatives. The workshop highlighted issues in PGA at the more »

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Thank you, Prince Bernhard Nature Fund!

We are delighted to report that the Prince Bernhard Nature Fund (PBNF) has once again chosen to support CERCOPAN’s important work in Nigeria. In 2011, a grant from PBNF enabled the organisation to buy a new Hilux 4-Wheel Drive truck to facilitate our intense conservation operations at Rhoko. The new grant, will again contribute towards more »

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