Cameroon is among the top ten countries in Africa for biodiversity. The Bamenda Highlands forms a physically distinct region in the Cameroon Mountains, with many species that are unique to this region.
The urbanization, the pollution and the conversion of forest for pasture is posing a threat for many animals species, most of them protected and endemic of the Bamenda area in Cameroon.
OIPA Cameroon is working to save the animals. A forest conservation project started in February with the aim to save the animals through the conservation of their natural habitat: the forest.
Nowadays is very common to find facilities which pretend to have conservation purposes for endangered species, but actually their real objective is to keep wild animals in enclosures in order to raise money.
The only real way to preserve the animals and specially their freedom is to protect their natural habitats.
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Approximately 120 endemic plant species and rare woods, such as Arundinaria alpina grow here. 11 small mammal species such as theMount Oku Mouse (visible in the video) are considered strictly endemic to Bamenda Highlands whereas large mammals such as the Nigerian-Cameroon Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes ssp. elioti, visible in the video)which is critically endangered on the IUCN Redlist is also endemic to the ecoregion.
The area is extremely rich in bird life, with a total of 36 species endemic to the Cameroon Mountains and a total of 2 bird species strictly endemic to the Bamenda Highlands (Tauraco bannermani and Platysteira laticincta).
In the video you can see as well the pangolin, these pictures were taken by an hidden camera in the forest.
Very high levels of endemism are observed among amphibians, with nearly 40 species of butterflies as well as unique endangered and endemic flora (Newtonia camerunensis, Prunus africana) occur in the ecoregion.
However, the rich biodiversity of the Bamenda Highlands is under threat from human pressure. Human population densities here are among the highest in the North West Region. This population growth poses a serious threat to the rich biodiversity of the Bamenda Highlands forests; consequently,urbanization and conversion of forests for pasture and agriculture has been dramatic and widespread.
Bush fires, illegal logging and poaching are random. These have greatly threatened trees, animals, water catchments as well as the livelihood of the human communities around the forests and has caused the landscape to change considerably over the last century with just a few fragmented forests remaining that hold remnants of their previous flora and fauna assemblages.
- Protection of 5000ha of remaining forest
- Restoration of 5000ha of degraded forest
- Improvement of Environmental education in the communities
- Modernization of farming by shifting to eco-friendly methods
- Training and improvement of the livelihoods of locals in the said communities
- Establishment of research and eco-touristic centers
- Intensification of awareness raising campaigns, tree planting and seed nursing
- Organization of workshops and seminars on conservation
OIPA Cameroon start a partnership with the following local associations for the project and has the support of the Ministry of Forestry of Cameroon.
In collaboration with the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife
Government of Cameroon
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