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Cameroon researcher wins prestigious 'Green Oscar'
Date:5/16/2013

lp in consolidating our 'Club des Amis des Gorilles' ('Gorilla Guardian Clubs') initiative and engaging with the traditional chiefs and other conservation stakeholders in and around the proposed Ebo National Park."

Ekwoge Abwe has been managing the Ebo Forest Research Project since 2010, encouraging local communities to take pride in the forest's unique biodiversity. Since 2005, the Ebo Forest Research Project has been carrying out biological research from permanently manned research stations across the forest. The project is also engaged in regular contact with communities through formal and informal environmental and conservation education and more recently a community-led gorilla conservation initiative ("Club des Amis des Gorilles"), with the goal of securing a safe future for chimpanzees, gorillas and other endangered species of the Ebo Forest.

"We are delighted that Ekwoge's passion and dedication to the conservation of Cameroon's wildlife has been recognized by the Whitley Fund for Nature," said Bethan Morgan, Head of the Central Africa Program for San Diego Zoo Global's Institute for Conservation Research. "The accompanying grant will boost our work to enable local community protection of the endangered great apes within the Ebo Forest."

The Ebo Forest is one of the largest remaining tracts in the Gulf of Guinea biodiversity hotspot. Covering almost 2,000 square kilometres, it is home to a unique mix of 11 diurnal primate species including a small population of gorillas and a significant population of the Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzee, the most endangered of the chimpanzee subspecies. These amazing chimps have a unique repertoire of tool use. In addition, the forest harbours the charismatic drill, Critically Endangered Preuss's red colobus as well as many species of guenons. Forest elephants and several species of duikers still abound in the forest, which is also home to many other species including the spectacular Goliath frog, the largest frog
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Contact: Christina Simmons
csimmons@sandiegozoo.org
619-685-3291
Zoological Society of San Diego
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