Survey of Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzee in the Oban Hills, Nigeria

Jennifer Arubemi Agaldo

The Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzee, recognised as a distinct species within the last decade, is the most endangered of four currently recognized chimpanzee subspecies, which combined have a remaining population of between 6,000-10,000 individuals. The Nigerian-Cameroon chimpanzee is also the subspecies for which least is known about current population sizes and conservation threats. This project will focus on the population of chimpanzees found in the neglected Oban Hills area within Cross River National Park. A standard line transect survey will be carried out following IUCN guidelines for surveys and monitoring of great apes. A targeted conservation education campaign in surrounding communities will aim to improve levels of conservation awareness of the chimpanzees as a flagship species.