Chimpanzees in fragmented habitats - Human-wildlife interactions

Study of Chimpanzee Populations using Camera Traps in Non-Protected Disturbed-Fragmented Habitats in Sierra Leone 

The objectives of this study were to obtain data on the wild chimpanzee population living in human-disturbed habitats, to estimate biodiversity richness, and to learn about the impact of crop raiding by chimpanzees and other wildlife. The research was conducted in two districts of Sierra Leone, Moyamba and Port Loko districts. 

To download our report from 2013 on research done in Moyamba district, click here
For the Port Loko report from 2014 click here

Chimpanzee nests on palm trees.                                   Chimpanzee group caught on camera trap in Port Loko district.

We thank the Barcelona ZooRufford Small Grants FoundationMohamed bin Zayed 
Species Conservation Fund for the funding provided and to Dr. Tatyana Humle from the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology for her support and advice.

Bioclimate - Biodiversity Monitoring and Evaluation Programme (BMEP)
Bombali District - Sierra Leone, July- August 2014

Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary (TCS) was commissioned by Bioclimate Research & Development, to develop and implement the first phase of the Biodiversity Monitoring and Evaluation Programme (BMEP) as part of their Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) Programme.

Bioclimate is working with local communities to sustainably manage their community forests, in order to protect important natural resources on which they rely, and so they can perform as a refuge for high value biodiversity in the region. 

The BMEP is designed to capture a baseline of impacts on biodiversity within the community forests, and to measure if the community forest management plans that have been developed with the community are successful in improving biodiversity.

The first phase of the BMEP has taken place in Kortoh and Fintonia villages in Priority Zone 1 (PZ1) in the STEWARD programme. Both communities are in the Tambakka chiefdom in the Bombali district in Sierra Leone. 

  Maxwell duiker, the most common duiker species in SL.     Tacugama team teaching how to set camera traps.

The BMEP included interviews to the farmers, camera trapping and reconnaissance walks. There have been two levels of training: one directed to the Bioclimate management team and another to the forest monitors selected from each village, who will carry out the ongoing biodiversity monitoring in the community forests in the following months. 

The report is available here.

Evaluation of the wildlife crop raiding impact on seasonal crops in five farming communities adjacent to the Gola Rainforest National Park in Sierra Leone, 2013-2014

Since 2010, Welthungerhilfe (WWH) has been implementing the “Project on Food Security and Economic Development” (FoSED) in Sierra Leone, promoting the cultivation of tree crop plantations in farming communities bordering the Gola Rainforest National Park (GRNP) as well as improving the agricultural practices in upland and lowland farming ecosystems. This study was commissioned to investigate the impact of animal crop raiding in five rural communities bordering the GRNP that are involved in FoSED activities. The study area is located in the Kenema district, Tunkia chiefdom with a landscape dominated by active and fallow agricultural farms.

The report is available here.


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