|Town/Region||Takamanda and Mone Forest Reserves|
|Categories||Forests, Mammals, Primates|
|Date||14 Aug 2000|
This project seeks to study the population (estimated at around 100), distribution and ecology of the gorillas of the Takamanda and Mone Forest Reserves in Cameroon, along the border of eastern Nigeria. Although these are long established reserves, commercial logging activities have placed them within the reach of many more people than previously - roads now reach within three miles of the Reserve boundary. The gorillas living in this area are thought to be a distinct species known as the Cross River Gorillas. Cameroon's national laws prohibit the hunting of gorillas but lack of enforcement and conservation education make it extremely difficult for these laws to be implemented.
The work will focus in particular on the migration pattern between these areas and the adjacent Okwangwo Forest Reserve in Eastern Nigeria. The team will work with local villagers to increase awareness of conservation problems and to secure their support for future conservation efforts. The project is collaborating with an organisation undertaking research on the Nigerian side of the border, and the long term aim is to establish a cross border protected area.
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