Following clues like dung and footprints and tracking animal vocalizations in a humid, dense rain forest may not be everyone’s cup of tea. But luckily, there are researchers who happily rise to the occasion! As a sizzling biodiversity hotspot, the Ebo Forest in Cameroon teems with wildlife from the goliath frog, the largest in the world, to the dwarf crocodile, and a unique mix of 11 different species of primates. Among those primates are two great ape species: a newly discovered tiny group of Ebo gorillas and the Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzee.
Our Ebo Forest Research Project includes three permanently staffed research stations, as well as community outreach programs to inspire people to protect their forest and its creatures. Local people are employed and trained to conduct studies and convert their passion for wildlife into affirmative conservation action. There’s a great deal at stake, as the forest is also home to ever-changing chameleons, rock fowl that build clay nests in rocky overhangs, crowned eagles, hornbills, forest elephants, drill monkeys, Preuss’s red colobus and other guenon monkeys, and several types of duiker. Your ongoing support will help our team continue to protect this rich and diverse forest.
From our field station in Cameroon, Dr. Bethan Morgan and her team work tirelessly uniting local people to help save their local wildlife, including a tiny population of the recently discovered Ebo gorillas. She established Clubs des Amis des Gorilles (Gorilla Guardian Clubs), which are voluntary, community-run clubs near the gorillas’ habitat. These guardians monitor the gorillas’ activities and note any threats to them. The team also conducts outreach and education projects that build community pride in the gorillas and the forest. By engaging surrounding communities in preserving wildlife, we are working as a unified team to save these special apes.