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Championing Conservation in Cameroon

A chimpanzee sits in a tree

Cameroon has often been called “Africa in miniature” for how much it mirrors the continent’s diversity. That’s especially true from an ecological standpoint. Like its mother continent, Cameroon boasts a coastline, mountains, savanna, desert and tropical rainforests. Though just larger than Sweden in terms of geographic size, this Central African nation hosts roughly 90 percent of all the ecosystem types found in Africa.

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Guarding the Heart of the Forest

Ecoguard rangers in Cameroon

In charge of ecological monitoring and biodiversity conservation at the Dja Biosphere Reserve in Cameroon, Roger Bruno Tabue Mbobda became an ecoguard because, quite simply, “I wanted to become a renowned environmentalist.” It is not an easy job, however. Tabue provides some insight into what it means to work and live on the front lines of the poaching conflict.

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Keeping an Eye on Our World Heritage

On Wednesday, the World Parks Congress (WPC) in Sydney wrapped up with a moving shout-out to a number of rangers from Africa who every day defend the continent’s natural heritage.

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The ABC’s of Elephant DNA

Stephanie Schuttler collecting a small piece of forest elephant dung to be used for DNA extraction.

My previous blogs have brought up how difficult forest elephants are to see, and therefore study. Much of the research on forest elephants has actually been on their dung to obtain information about the elephant.

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Using Cyber Tracking Technology to Outsmart Poachers

Wildlife rangers in Cameroon use cyber tracker technology to detect poaching activity and monitor species. Photo by Jef Dupain

I’m just recently back in Lomie (on border of the Dja Faunal Reserve in Cameroon) from two days of practical training for rangers on the use of the CyberTracker/Trimble for ecological monitoring and anti-poaching.

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