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Cameroon is home to 1 taxon of red colobus the Piliocolobus preussi  classified as Critically Endangered according to the IUCN Red List.

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Dr Peter Mbile, Project Lead,

Ms Elomo Lylliane, Project Coordinator,

Presence, absence of  Pilicolobus preussi (Red Colobus Monkey) in Korup National park periphery and impact of socio-political crisis

With support from the Red Colobus Conservation Network (RCCN) the project “Presence, absence of Pilicolobus preussi (Red Colobus Monkey) in Korup National Park periphery and impact of socio-political crisis” received partial funding of $US 12,500 from the 2023 round of funding from the Mohamed Bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund. So far, the workplan, monitoring pan and budgets have been developed. Recruitment of 01 trainer to train at least 03 local Red Colobus Guardians on “IUCN Best Practices” is underway while the project awaits disbursement of funds. This Community-Based Conservation Initiative (CBCI) will be carried-out in close collaboration with the Conservator of the Korup National Park and the Korup - Ndongere Technical Operational Unit (ToU) Coordinator.

Analyzing the Population Dynamics of Red Colobus Monkeys in the Rumpi Hills Forests Reserve of Southwest Cameroon

According to hunter reports, few groups of the critically endangered Preuss’s red colobus (Preuss preussi) have been spotted in the adjacent Rumpi Hills Forests Reserve (RHFR) which is located some 15km southeast of the Korup National Park (hotspot for red colobus) in Ndian division, Southwest Region of Cameroon. The population dynamics and conservation status of these monkeys in the adjacent RHFR is not known which thus impedes conservation efforts.

This project is reviewing historical records, and recent data on the population status and aims at providing evidence on the population dynamics of red colobus monkeys in the RHFR. During the first phase, the project is using systematic surveys about the Preuss's red colobus monkey with hunters across 20 local communities applying questionnaires through open-ended recall and closed questions.

During the second and third phases, the project will deploy acoustic monitoring sensors, which will continuously record low-frequency sounds, including gunshots and primate vocalizations. These sound data obtained will quantify spatial and temporal patterns of gun hunting and ecological range of these monkeys around the RHFR.


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Beckline Mukete, PhD; Senior Research Fellow, coordinator of the project

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