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Centre for Education, Research and Conservation of Primates and Nature (CERCOPAN) (Established 1995)
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Phone: +234 (0) 8060625458   E-Mail:
4 Ishie Lane, c/o Housing Estate PO Box 826, Calabar, Cross River State NIGERIA
Department: Founder and Trustee
Affiliations: PASA; International Primate Protection League

Mission: CERCOPAN was founded to assist the conservation of forest biodiversity through rehabilitation, education, research and conservation of endangered and threatened indigenous Cercopithecines in southern Nigeria, and to increase international and local awareness of the plight of Nigeria's forests and endemic primates.

Principal Research Programs: Rehabilitation and controlled reintroduction of indigenous orphaned primates of the "Cercopithecus" and "Cercocebus" genera, who become orphans as a result of extensive, unsustainable hunting for the bushmeat trade in West Africa; Educational activities, focusing broadly on environmental issues and particularly conservation of primates and their forest habitats; Research into the distribution, conservation status and behavior of threatened and endangered forest primates; Encouragement and support of development of community-based conservation which protects community forests and primates

Training Opportunities: Educational opportunities available for: Undergraduate, Graduate, and Community Outreach; Focus: behavior, reintroduction, and ecology; Financial support is not available; Note: We have a field site (Rhoko) which includes a large are of protected community forest, and is equipped with basic accommodation, solar power and facilities and equipment for research- including over 24 km of parralel north south and east west transects. This provides opportunities for reintroduction studies, tropical ecology, etc. for international and local undergraduate and postgraduate students in small groups.

Financial Aid: We do not have possibilities for financial aid presently

Number of Staff: 38

Associated Field Sites: Rhoko Research and Education Centre
Contact: Claire Coulson;
Location: southeast Nigeria
Programme focus: biodiversity research; primate reintroduction research

Supported Species: Cercocebus torquatus (white-collared mangabey), Cercopithecus erythrotis (red-eared guenon), Cercopithecus mona (mona monkey), Cercopithecus nictitans (greater spot-nosed monkey), Cercopithecus preussi (Preuss's monkey), Cercopithecus sclateri (Sclater's guenon)

Publications: Cercopan News; Update on website (

Comments: Alternate contact information Zena Tooze, Aintree Cottage, Low Street, Sloley, Norfolk, UK NR12 8HD. Claire Coulson is Director in Nigeria ( Organisation acheived registered charity status in the UK November 2006; main focus in UK fundraising, awareness raising, volunteer recruitment, liaison with university research departments

Last Updated: 2006-11-01

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