Monday, November 4, 2013
Gorilla Guardians- Nigeria with the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust
A new community-based approach to the conservation of some of the most remote (and hence least protected) groups of Cross River gorillas is currently underway in Nigeria and Cameroon. "Gorilla guardians" are in the process of being selected from the local population in villages close to target gorilla sites, with the overall goal being to strengthen monitoring, awareness, and protection of Cross River gorillas and other endangered species, through an approach that encourages greater community participation in conservation. In particular, the creation of these gorilla guardians provides another step towards the general sensitization of the local people living in the Takamanda-Mone Landscape, as many of the villages earmarked to be involved in this initiative fall outside the range of current WCS-led conservation education activities.
Image by Rick from Gorilla Guardians/ Permission from the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust