Mbe Mountains Community Forest

The Mbe Mountains Community Wildlife Sanctuary is a shared communal conservancy of nine villages in northeastern Nigerian state of Cross River. It occupies an area of 85 km ² in the administrative area of ​​Greater community buoy, in the up to 900 meters high Mbe Mountains. The nature reserve was established in 2005 on the initiative of village communities subscription Ogbagante, Abo Mkpang, Abo Obisu, Bamba, Bokalum, Kanyang I Kanyang II, Wula Ekumpuo and Wula Mgbaesuo with the support of various non-governmental organizations, such as the Wildlife Conservation Society Nigeria ( WCS) and Mountain Gorilla & rainforest direct Hilfe eV. nature reserve is managed by the conservation Association of the Mbe Mountains ( CAMM ), founded in 2006 with the support of WCS and the Cross River State Forestry Commission ( CRSFC ). CAMM operates the five bearing the twelve paid by WCS park ranger company of which their patrols. The patrols reach experiencing an annual length of over 2,000 km. Also to provide radio broadcasts in the local language Bokyi, workshops will be tried in the schools and the conversion of hunters to farmers to expand the conservation knowledge and to achieve a greater awareness of nature conservation in the regional population.

The Mbe Mountain Community Wildlife Sanctuary connects the Afi Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary and Afi River Forest Reserve, in the west, with the Okwangwo sector of the Cross River National Park and the Takamanda National Park in Cameroon, to the east. The Mbe Mountains are covered with a dense tropical rainforest and are in the region as an important retreat and communication area for the large primates living in the region. To live in this mountainous region about 25-30 Cross River gorillas (Gorilla gorilla diehli ). The population of gorillas focuses on the inaccessible central regions of the mountainous region. With the help of genetic tests could also be demonstrated that the gorillas of the Mbe Mountains are twinned with the other populations in the region. Other important part of endangered species in the Mbe Mountains are the Drill ( Mandrillus leucophaeus ), Nigerian - Kamerunsche chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes ellioti ) Pardelroller ( Nandinia binotata ), African civet ( Civettictis civetta ), hogs ( Potamochoerus porcus ), Ogilby Ducker or Fernando Po Ducker ( Cephalophus ogilbyi ), Yellow -backed duiker and giant duikers ( Cephalophus silvicultor ), blue duiker ( Philantomba monticola ) and in the shallower southern sector of the African Forest Elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis ).