Rainforest and savanna conservation

Project name:

African Conservation Foundation

Project purpose:

Protection of lowland gorillas, chimpanzees, forest elephants and mixed rainforest/savanna habitat

Project activities:

  • community awareness

  • data collection/analysis (Great ape surveys)

  • habitat restoration/management

  • teaching

Weekly cost (approx USD):

$

1000

Terrestrial

Cameroon

Africa

Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration

  • data/statistical skills

  • field research skills

  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • development goals (supporting local community)

  • publishes peer-reviewed science

  • publishes work

Accommodation:

Mobile tented camps

When does the project run?

Facilities:

accommodation included, food included, refillable drinking water, bucket shower and cold shower, drop toilet

How long can I stay?

Requirements:

good physical condition

Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

This programme on great apes provides participants with the rare opportunity to contribute toward enhancing the conservation of the endangered western lowland gorillas in Deng-Deng National Park, East region of Cameroon. Deng-Deng National Park hosts the greatest population (600 individuals) of the most northern western low land gorillas in the wild.

Two or more weeks volunteering on great apes conservation will give volunteers an opportunity to work toward long-term conservation of this charismatic species by taking part in gorilla surveys in the rainforest of Cameroon as well as conducting conservation education and awareness raising activities in communities adjacent to this protected area.



Highlights
Helping to protect Western Lowland Gorillas
Training on data collection
Techniques participating in great apes surveys
Configuring and setting camera traps
Environmental education activities in schools and communities
Meeting the friendly chiefs and people of Cameroon; and
Living and working in a pristine nature area

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Reviews & ratings

Matt Megill

The previous review I accidentally submitted before I was done. And I want to write the FULL REVIEW:

Diving at Isla del Caño was such a life changing, passion accelerating experience for me. I had done a conservation diving internship in Thailand before this experience, and it felt GREAT to apply those skills and field methods to another part of the world. I had a passion for the ocean before this experience, however this expedition solidified that I need to dedicate my life and career to the ocean and science.

Carlos is truly an inspiration. His fiery passion for the ocean is contagious. He worked really hard to put the experience together with the boat, the dive equipment, and the education. This expedition was a lot of hard work. We woke up really early went on two dives a day. We came back exhausted. But I really can't stress how rewarding the experience was. The fact we were literally advising and providing resources for the rangers protecting the island made me feel like I was making a difference in the world.

This will not be the last Innoexpedition I go on. And I will keep supporting Innoceana and promoting all the work it is doing.

Volunteer

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Matt Megill

Diving at Isla del Caño was such a life changing, passion accelerating experience for me. I had done a conservation diving internship in Thailand before this experience, and it felt GREAT to apply those skills and field methods to another part of the world. I had a passion for the ocean before this experience, however this expedition solidified that I need to dedicate my life and career to the ocean and science.

Carlos is truly an inspiration. His firey He worked really hard to put the experience together with the boat, the dive equipment, and the education. This expedition was a lot of hard work. We woke up really early went on two dives a day. We came back exhausted. But I really can't stress how rewarding the experience was. The fact we were literally kind of advising and providing resources for the rangers protecting the island made me feel like I was making a difference in the world.

Volunteer

An Experience of a Lifetime