Tv Documentary to showcase CERCOPAN’s work

This month, CERCOPAN welcomed Feisal Malik, the Director of Visual Africa Productions in Kenya. Feisal was commissioned by a Nigerian broadcaster to produce a documentary on the country’s biodiversity. He decided to use our organisation as a case study to highlight both the unique natural resources in Nigeria and the ongoing urgent conservation efforts to more »

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New Protected Area Manager receives warm welcome in Rhoko

Our new Protected Area Manager, Richard Mundy, travelled to Rhoko in early April where he will be stationed to run our forest conservation activities.  Nicky formally presented Richard to the Iko Esai Chiefs’ Council in the house of Clan Head, Chief Etan. Richard explained to all those present that he was very pleased to be more »

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Mangabey satellite enclosure construction completed at Rhoko

Using grant funding  from the International Primatological Society (IPS), we spent the first months of this year renovating the 3 enclosure and tunnel satellite system at Rhoko Forest. The satellites, situated adjacent to our main 1-hectare open-topped Red-capped managbey enclosure, are used to separate sick or old animals from the group to provide special care. more »

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Abakum attends 2013 PASA Education Workshop in Cameroon

Education Officer Abakum Owai, represented CERCOPAN at the annual Pan African Sanctuaries Alliance (PASA) Education workshop, hosted this year in Yaounde Cameroon.  The workshop, focusing on the theme ‘Human Wildlife Conflict’ drew participants from primate sanctuaries across Africa, in addition to representatives from Disney, PASA and the conservation sector. PASA runs three workshops a year, on Management, more »

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Tired of waiting for the job market to recover? We need you!

As you can probably imagine, in times of recession, priorities adjust and the environment takes a backseat to more immediate human needs, issues and services. People are less willing to donate, companies less willing to sponsor, trusts and foundations scale down and umbrella organisations tighten their belts. This translates into extremely difficult times for small more »

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Site visit by Tusk Trust USA Executive Director

Tusk Trust has supported CERCOPAN’s forest conservation activities since 2009, providing an important steady funding source for our long-term conservation efforts. This month, Tusk Trust USA Executive Director Meredith Ogilvie-Thompson visited our project in Nigeria to witness first-hand the programmes implemented by CERCOPAN. Over the course of eight days, Meredith was introduced to the various more »

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Community conservation club sows seeds of change

In 2012, CERCOPAN constructed a tree nursery at the secondary school of Iko Esai. The students were trained to raise seedlings from the over 3,000 seeds collected in the community forest by CERCOPAN´s research assistants. Then, over the course of several days, community members united to plant out the seedlings in previously degraded areas. While more »

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CERCOPAN welcomes new Protected area manager

This month we welcomed our new Protected Area Manager, Richard Mundy. A UK citizen, Richard spent the last 12 years working as Senior Scientist for the RPS Group in Ireland, and recently undertook placements in Afghanistan for the Conservation Organisation of the Afghan Mountains/UNEP, and Guinea-Bissau for Plan International. Richard holds a BSc in Environmental more »

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Rhoko Forest has the highest butterfly diversity in Africa CERCOPAN

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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Flower Rhoko Forest CERCOPAN Nigeria

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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