CRUTECH Students Complete Industrial Attachment at Rhoko
CERCOPAN is always keen to host students and build an understanding of primates and how to conserve them. In August our Education Officer, Abakum, designed and hosted a one month placement for 20 students from the Forestry & Wildlife Department of Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH).
Prof. Ijoma brought his students firstly to our sanctuary in Calabar, where they learnt about sanctuary management, the daily schedule of our keepers, and our veterinary & welfare procedures.
The students then spent the next two weeks at our field site in Rhoko. They went on patrol to prevent illegal hunting & logging; recorded species in our long term study; and learnt to make behavioural observations of our monkeys there.
We got some work out of them – clearing enclosures & paths. But they also had plenty of rest time, swimming in the river and watching the monkeys from our tree platform.