Eco-guards educate and inform
Even though it is illegal to hunt gorillas, it is an important source of income in the areas where the Cross river gorilla lives. Therefor, Eco-guards educate locals in alternative ways to provide an income, for example via beekeeping.
It is also important to inform local communities about the gorillas. The importance of conservation work is taught in schools both via radio and film.
The area is also home to the endangered Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzee which is also protected by the project.
Kolmården Foundation funds the work of the Eco-guards
Kolmården Foundation contributes to salaries, field equipment for eco-guards along with education and information activities in the area. Kolmården Foundation have also previously provided motor bikes to the eco-guards, an efficient way of preventing poaching and protecting the Cross river gorilla.