The Cross River Gorilla Project is a UK based charity whose main aim is to help preserve the critically endangered Cross River Gorilla, particularly those in South West Cameroon which are in danger of becoming isolated and therefore are on the brink of being extinct with less than 300 remaining.
Central to this is: the preservation of the gorilla’s habitat in the rainforest in the Lebialem Highlands, an especially rich area of biodiversity where many rare plants and animals are found; the creation of wildlife corridors and the creation of new reserves.
We aim to do this through supporting the existing conservation efforts in Cameroon and by working with Newcastle University and other groups to troubleshoot current conservation challenges facing this remote part of the world. We are also supporting the community such as needy students and the local women,
We were in the process of setting up a research centre for ecotourism, the first women’s centre for the area and introducing our 'sponsor a needy student' fundraising program to provide education to as many children in the area as possible.
However South West Cameroon and particularly the area near where the gorillas live has been devastated by a huge humanitarian crisis with villages burnt down and thousands of displaced persons fleeing into towns and into the forest, putting even more strain on the gorillas and their habitat,
Our partner organisation in Cameroon, ERuDeF are helping the suffering communities and we are also supporting the international medical organisation Medecins sans Frontiers who are carrying out life-saving medical work to those affected by the crisis.
OUR AIM IS TO :
Conserve and protect the Cross River Gorilla and improve its natural environment by
- working with organisations active in the field of conservation, education and development
- enabling and enhancing scientific research on the fauna and flora of the rainforest ecosystem;
Promote sustainable development by preservation and protection of the environment and prudent use of natural resources;
Relieve poverty and improve conditions of life in socially and economically disadvantaged communities;
Promote sustainable means of achieving economic growth and regeneration;
Raise awareness among the public of the importance of conserving the biodiversity of rainforests in harmony with human activity.