We apologize for the long silence, we have been really busy both in the field and in the office. We are currently updating the latest news to inform you about our activities in the Kom forest. Stay connected!
The Bush is calling for you!
If you are interested in working with us, check at our research and volunteering opportunities! We are looking forward to hearing from you.
The areas where we currently focus our work are amongst the most biodiverse sites in Cameroon:
- The Wild North West Project is based in the Kom Forest. The richness of wildlife in this forest has only recently been recognized. Situated on the edge of the Bamenda Highlands, at 700-1,300m, the Kom forest is the richest forest of the region in terms of primate diversity. It is inhabited by six species of nocturnal primates, six species of monkeys and is home to the rare and elusive Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes ellioti). Of the four subspecies of chimpanzees, P. t. ellioti has the smallest population size - with probably less than 6,000 individuals remaining in the wild (IUCN Red List) - and is the least studied of all. Fortunately, the Kom community of chimpanzees is not directly hunted by local villagers, and this leaves exciting and promising opportunities for future studies on their behaviour.
- Mission Bénoué operates in the forested savannahs of northern Cameroon, primarily within Bénoué National Park (Biosphere Reserve). Bénoué is home to a diversity of wildlife, and in the last decades, the protected area has become a key site for uncontrolled cattle herding during the dry season, and poaching. Successively, the African wild dog (Lycaon pictus) and the black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) were extirpated, and now pressure is high on the lions (Panthera leo), savannah elephants (Loxodonta africana), common hippopotamuses (Hippopotamus amphibius) and Kordofan giraffes (Giraffa camelopardalis antiquorum). Our mission is to provide resources and additional support to the Conservator of Bénoué National Park, by aiding him in his efforts to reduce human activity.
Welcome to Sekakoh!
We are a newly established NGO based in Bamenda, Cameroon (North-West Region). Our motto is Living in Harmony with Nature, and we intend to live by it!
With two of our board members holding a Master's in Primatology, our conservation work is primarily focused around the study of monkeys and apes, but at Sekakoh, we believe the entire ecosystem is integral to our well-being, and thus we strive to protect other fauna and flora in our study regions. Events like the extinction of black rhinos in the northern savannahs of Cameroon in 2008, and the massacre of hundreds of savannah elephants in Boubandjidah National Park in 2012, remind us that we have to fight endlessly fight against criminal activities like wildlife trafficking and the illegal busmeat trade that continue to threaten our rich biodiversity.
In terms of biodiversity, Cameroon is the 4th richest country in mainland Africa. From the wet forests of Mt. Cameroon (4090m) to the dry banks of Lake Chad, Cameroon provides countless habitats for a multitude of species of plants and animals.