Become a Conservation Traveller and help save two of the most threatened African great apes: Gorillas and Chimpanzees. This initiative provides a rounded approach to conserving the great apes’ natural habitat. As a participant you will be tracking the movements of wild Gorillas; and raising awareness in the local rural communities in Cameroon, Africa. A true life changing experience.
What to Expect?
Cameroon is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. It also offers an array of activities and sight-seeing opportunities; from trekking Mount Cameroon, the highest peak in West Africa and a still-active volcano, to visiting Fon's palace, an insight on Cameroon's traditional culture. Buea is the capital of the Southwest Region of Cameroon. The town is located on the eastern slopes of Mount Cameroon and has a population of 90,088. Please note that Buea is the nearest town from the camp site and at times volunteers will be distant from civilization.
This hands-on project invites the volunteers to help record the endangered apes’ population by making key observations including sighting of nesting sites, direct sighting, vocalization, feeding signs and moving tracks. Bird watching and butterfly observation may also be side activities, as well as plant ecology, amphibians and reptiles.
Apes Conservation Education
These educational and fun activities are conducted in schools and communities. Volunteers teach the children the ecology of great apes, their importance, habitat needs, and possible roles of children in protecting apes are discussed. Volunteers have the opportunity to interact with the communities and broaden the field of knowledge of the children and of the locals. Their efforts will result in helping to save the apes!
Volunteers promote tree planting in the Lebialem Highlands and beyond, with the aim of improving soil health, increasing crop production, and stabilizing ecologically fragile landscapes. Thus improving the apes’ natural habitat and rehabilitating the ecosystem!
- Program ID: # 2501
- duration: 2 Weeks to 1 Month1 to 3 MonthsMore than 3 Months
- location: BueaCameroon4° 8' 37.3992" N, 9° 11' 24.2268" ECM
- Fitness level: Very Fit
- Closest Airport: Douala, Cameroon (DLA)
- Costs From: $1500 to $3000Over $3000
- Program Type: Environmental & Wildlife Programs
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