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Limbe Wildlife Centre (Established 1993)
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Director: Guillaume Le Flohic
Phone: 237 681 99 15 90   E-Mail:
PO Box 878, Limbe, South West Province CAMEROON
Affiliations: Government of Cameroon

Mission: The Limbe Wildlife Centre (LWC) was established in 1993 as a much-needed rescue centre for endangered animals. The centre supports enforcement of Cameroon?s wildlife laws by providing a long-term solution for wildlife that has been poached and held illegally, and subsequently confiscated by our government partners. LWC is collaborative effort between the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife (MINFOF) and the Pandrillus Foundation, an US non-profit NGO. Public education remains a central pillar of the LWC?s work. We conduct an extensive conservation outreach programme, reaching each year more than 1,000 schoolchildren, 50,000 visitors and 500 community partners.

Currently, we provide care for more than 250 animals, of which 230 primates, including the critically endangered gorilla, endangered chimpanzee, drill and Preuss's monkey. LWC aims at insuring the survival of rescued animals and to release them back into the wild to serve as a species conservation tools and to contribute to restore the ecosystem in a sustainable way. Each year about a hundred individuals of species protected by Cameroonian wildlife law are released, including the endangered African grey parrot, the vulnerable Home's ringed tortoise and dwarf crocodile.

Principal Research Programs: At the moment, the main objectives of the LWC are (i) to insure the survival of confiscated primates, the majority of which are protected species in the Republic of Cameroon, and to rehabilitate them so for being capable of living in the natural Central African environment again; (ii) generate alternative incomes and conduct in-partnership activities with local Communities; (iii) professionalize, empower and promote the staff in charge of cares and socio-ecologic rehabilitation of animals; and (iv) through the LWC Conservation Education Programme, to sensitize citizens, especially children, to the serious threats hanging over the exceptional Wildlife of Cameroon and to the need to protect it.

Training Opportunities: With about 50,000 visitors each year, the Limbe Zoological Garden, created in 1885, is the Protected Area the most visited in Cameroon, and among the most visited in Central Africa. It is therefore not only the showcase of Cameroonian biodiversity, but of the whole Central African biodiversity.

National and international visitors find information relative to the importance of biodiversity and threats to it, to the life history of animal species in nature and the role they play for the maintenance of the ecosystems. They also learn how wildlife criminals and traffic networks are organized at local and global scales. These information, combined with the direct observation of animals in rehabilitation and interaction with our eco-guides enable the eco-tourists to wonder what role every citizen of the world can play to preserve biodiversity and how environmentally-friendly activities can contribute to alleviate poverty of local community with respect for traditions and biodiversity.

The most important mission of the LWC is nonetheless to serve as pedagogic and education tool in 11 schools for more than 1,000 children covering a variety of fields ranging from conservation biology to social science and economy, through veterinary medicine, public health, behavioural ecology or evolution.

Several supplementary activities are provided on demand, such as drawing, writing, singing, acting or various other fine arts using recycled material. These cultural and artistic activities aim at encouraging every child to feel involved in the protection of their ecological heritage and become the very driving force.

Number of Staff: 37

Associated Field Sites: In other respects, most of the commercial hunting is the result of poverty and lack of employment in the rural areas. Alleviate poverty and create new source of income are two interrelated means to reduce the pressure on wildlife and eventually to restore the ecosystem to a sustainable level. Without this component, law enforcement alone is only a short term solution to a long term problem.

For the past ten years, the Limbe Wildlife Centre has created and maintained alternative income generating "Green" activities in partnership with the Community Associations of Batoke located south-west of the Mount Cameroon National Park, created in 2012. Hunters have been encouraged to retire from their traditional activity by redirecting them and their wives to sustainable harvest of both wild and cultivated plants. Two interrelated Community Associations were born: The Batoke ex-hunters Association (36 members) and the Batoke ex-hunters wives Association (62 members), hereafter named "The Batoke Association".

The Green Project is therefore a community-based project that aims at generating new alternative incomes for local community, while providing high-value foods that enhance the diet, health and well-being of the numerous Primates rehabilitated at the Limbe Wildlife Centre (LWC), therefore contributing to better prepare them for being released into the wild.

In this project, members of the community of the Batoke village are organized in Association working together in partnership with the LWC. The activity of the Association consists in providing specific amount and diversity of plants to the LWC, which organizes the transport, control and payment. The prices have been fixed by consensus between both Parties and therefore are fair, high and regular enough to alleviate local poverty.
Ultimately, these incomes encourage the villagers to reduce the pressure on the surrounding wildlife and allow them to enhance both education and health cares to their children.

Supported Species: 4 Cercocebus agilis (agile mangabey), 7 Cercocebus torquatus (white-collared mangabey), 1 Cercopithecus cephus (moustached guenon), 3 Cercopithecus erythrotis (red-eared guenon), 14 Cercopithecus mona (mona monkey), 1 Cercopithecus pogonias (crested mona), 1 Cercopithecus preussi (Preuss's monkey), 10 Chlorocebus tantalus (tantalus monkey), 3 Erythrocebus (patas monkey), 15 Gorilla gorilla gorilla (western lowland gorilla), 87 Mandrillus leucophaeus (drill), 13 Mandrillus sphinx (mandrill), 52 Pan (chimpanzee), 9 Papio anubis (olive baboon)

Publications: Monthly report, Bi-annual & Annual Report

Last Updated: 2017-11-07

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