The African Forest—including the Guinean Forests of West Africa biodiversity hotspot, and the Congo Basin forest ecosystem—is both rich in wildlife and a site of global importance to our planet’s overall health. Containing the world’s second-largest tropical rainforest, this region is a major carbon sink that cleans our air and helps mitigate climate change. It contains a distinctive array of habitats and wildlife that are both ecologically significant and an important part of Central African natural heritage. In Cameroon, these forests are home to some of the most endangered primates on Earth: a unique population of western gorillas, tool-using chimpanzees, and the Preuss’s red colobus monkey.
We are committed to protect African Forest wildlife and ecosystems. With a focus on community-led forest protection, we collaborate to save these, and many other, unique species.
The African Forest is threatened by unsustainable rates of resource extraction. Logging, mining, and clearing for agricultural operations, including palm oil plantations, are driving deforestation and habitat loss. Wildlife trafficking, including bushmeat hunting and the pet trade, also pose serious threats to wildlife populations, biodiversity, and the integrity of the African forest ecosystem.
San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance collaborates with local communities to conserve endemic wildlife and biodiversity across Cameroon. Our conservation team is dedicated to enhancing the capacity of our local partners and international collaborators, in order to enable a sustainable, long-term future for the unique wildlife of the African Forest, as well as the communities that depend on it.