Cross river-gorilla

    The critically endangered Cross river gorilla lives in Nigeria, including in the Afi Mountain and Mbe Mountains areas. It is threatened by environmental destruction, illegal hunting and war – just like several other gorilla species. The Kolmården Foundation has supported the conservation project since 2004. Within the framework of the project now patrols park guards, so-called Eco-guards, to monitor the population of gorillas and discourage illegal hunting. The parks collect loads of data about the gorillas, as well as removing the poachers' snares and camp sites. In 2023, 571 snares were removed – and no gorillas were killed in the Afi area during the year.

    The park rangers educate and inform

    Hunting gorillas is a source of income in these areas, even though it is illegal. That's why the park rangers teach about alternative ways of making a living, such as through beekeeping.

    It is also important to inform people living in the area about the gorilla's situation. This is done in the local schools, where they talk about the importance of conservation with the help of radio, film, posters and info-brochures. Within the framework of the project, school trips and exchange visits between schools' "conservation associations" also take place, and hundreds of unemployed young people are involved in forest conservation measures.

    The highly endangered Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzee also lives in the area protected under the same project.

    The Kolmården Foundation finances the work of the park rangers

    The Kolmården Foundation is involved in financing salaries and field equipment for the park rangers as well as training and information activities in the area. In order for the park rangers to be able to protect and keep illegal hunters away from these areas more effectively, Kolmården has previously also financed the purchase of motorcycles.

    Planned interventions

    • Reduce poaching through 6 patrols/month with a focus on anti-poaching.
    • Monitor wildlife, human presence and the effectiveness of patrols through the SMART monitoring system.
    • Increase awareness of the importance of the cross river gorilla, change local attitudes and behaviours, and increase support for conservation efforts through education programs in schools and among the local population.
    • Increase local population participation in the conservation of the Cross river gorilla.