The Government of Guinea approves creation of largest sanctuary for the West African chimpanzee!
On 28th September 2017, the Minister of Environment, Water and Forests signed a ministerial order for the creation of the Moyen-Bafing National Park of which hosts about 4,000 chimpanzees in an area of 6,426 sq km, the largest protected area for West African chimpanzees in Guinea. The area of the Moyen-Bafing, overlapping with the prefectures of Tougué, Koubia, Dinguiraye, Dabola and Mamou, encompasses seven classified forests with what now constitutes the largest continuous population of this critically endangered sub-species in West Africa, and one of the largest on the African continent.
More information can be found on the press release (PDF).
We want to thank all the donors and partners that supported Club P.A.N. during the school year 2016-2017!
Club P.A.N. was active in six schools in Guinea with 500 children attending 12 nature club sessions and two evaluations. Children were included in the preparation of a parents’ day at the end of their school year reaching 3280 villagers and parents with their presentations. Evaluation results show that Club P.A.N. children increased their knowledge by 40% on average, and 91% of the children want to avoid eating bush-meat in the future.
Wonderful news from Liberia to the world!
The new Grebo-Krahn National Park passed into law!
This new park protects around 970 km2 of primary tropical rainforest and is the heart of the transboundary Taï-Grebo-Sapo Forest Complex between Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia.
The new park provides habitat for several threatened large mammal species including the critically endangered western chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes verus), the endangered and endemic pygmy hippopotamus (Choeropsis liberiensis), Jentink’s duiker (Cephalophus jentinki) and western red colobus monkey (Piliocolobus badius), as well as the vulnerable forest elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis), Zebra duiker (Cephalophus zebra) and Diana monkey (Cercopithecus diana).
The Wild Chimpanzee Foundation would like to thank all partners and donors for making this happen: The Liberian Forestry Development Authority (especially Hon. Darlington S. Tuagben, Borwen L. Sayon, Theo Freeman, Jerry G. Yonmah, Blamah Goll, Abednego Gbarway, and Joseph Greene), the Society for the Conservation of Nature of Liberia (especially Michael F. Garbo), the President Madam Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and the Parliament of the Republic of Liberia, the Environmental Protection Agency, all conservation partners in Liberia, all the local communities, Rainforest Rescue, Wientjes/World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF), Global Giving, Furuviksparken, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) through the Great Ape Conservation Fund, GIZ/Ambero, KfW/AHT and all other donors.
The Wild Chimpanzee Foundation is leading Independent Observation Monitoring projects (FAO-EU FLEGT) to control logging in Côte d'Ivoire. In Cavally Classified Forest since 2014 and since June 2017 also in Besso Classified Forest and Yaya Classified Forest.
Two new collaborative publications of the Wild Chimpanzee Foundation and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany:
Kouassi, J. A. K., Normand, E., Koné, I., Boesch, C. (2017). Bushmeat consumption and environmental awareness in rural households: a case study around Taï National Park, Côte d'Ivoire. Oryx. [pdf]
Kühl, H. S., Sop, T., Williamson, E. A., Mundry, R., Brugière, D., Campbell, G., Cohen, H., Danquah, E., Ginn, L., Herbinger, I., Jones, S., Junker, J., Kormos, R., Kouakou, C. Y., N'Goran, P. K., Normand, E., Shutt-Phillips, K., Tickle, A., Vendras, E., Welsh, A., Wessling, E. G., & Boesch, C. (2017). The Critically Endangered western chimpanzee declines by 80%. American Journal of Primatology. [pdf]
The WCF Guinea team is happy to announce that the second round of community consultations for the Proposed Moyen-Bafing National Park in Guinea has just begun in April 2017. Two teams, composed of members from the Office Guinéen de Parcs et Réserves (OGUIPAR) and the WCF, will travel for 6 weeks in the region of the Proposed Moyen-Bafing National Park to meet the villagers in order to continue the awareness raising for nature conservation and to present the progress of the project. After each meeting, a debate session is opened to all participants so that they can express their views on the different themes of the park creation, proposed park boundaries and to raise their concerns.
The Wild Chimpanzee Foundation is leading an awareness campaign with theater plays and discussion rounds around the Cavally Classified Forest in Côte d'Ivoire. This forest is home to the critically endangered western chimpanzees and in huge danger of deforestation for illegal cocoa plantations.
Here is a link to a press article in French by Eburnie Today from 24.April 2017.
And a radio show by RFI in French from 21.April 2017 about Cavally Classified Forest:
In April 2017, we had a team meeting at our West African office in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire with WCF President Christophe Boesch, WCF West Africa Director Emmanuelle Normand, and WCF Liberia Director Dervla Dowd. Warm welcome to our new team members Annika Hillers and Céline Devos!
Interview with Professor Christophe Boesch from the Max Planck Institute for evolutionary Anthropology and Dr. Fabian Leendertz from the Robert Koch Institute in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung from 12.03.2017 about the "Dangerous Proximity" (Gefährliche Nähe") between great apes and humans for disease transmissions. (PDF in German)
Our team in Guinea just finished the capacity building of sociologists for the socio-economic study in the area of the proposed Moyen-Bafing National Park, Guinea. The training was conducted at the beginning of February 2017 in Labé. The training was opened by Colonel Sow, a member of the Guinean Office of Parks and Reserves (OGUIPAR), representing the Ministry of Environment, Water and Forests, with whom WCF collaborates in the creation of the Protected Area. The trained sociologists will leave now for 3 months of field work with interviews of the local communities living in and around the proposed Moyen-Bafing National Park.
New Ecotourism Webpage in French!
Plan your trip to the unique Taï National Park in Côte d'Ivoire!
We want to thank all the donors that supported Club P.A.N. during the school year 2015-2016!
Club P.A.N. was fully active during this school year; reaching five schools in Côte d’Ivoire with more than 260 children and four schools in Guinea with more than 480 children. All participating children attended two evaluations and 12 sessions. Children were included in the preparation of a parents’ day at the end of their school year reaching more than 4300 villagers and parents with their presentations.
In September 2016, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) listed the Western chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes verus) as critically endangered in their Red List of threatened species.
The total population estimate for the Western chimpanzee is 18,000–65,000 individuals (Sop et al. in prep).
High levels of bush-meat hunting, the loss of habitat and habitat fragmentation resulting from human activities, the Western chimpanzee is estimated to have experienced a significant population reduction in the past 50 years, and it is suspected that this reduction will persist in coming years. The extent of overlap between chimpanzee occurrence and areas suitable for oil-palm development is likely to exacerbate population declines in coming years (Wich et al. 2014), especially in Liberia (94.3% overlap) and Sierra Leone (84.2% overlap), which along with Guinea are the strongholds for the Western chimpanzees (Kormos, Humle et al. 2003, Brncic et al. 2010, Tweh et al. 2015).
Citation: Humle, T., Boesch, C., Campbell, G., Junker, J., Koops, K., Kuehl, H. & Sop, T. 2016. Pan troglodytes ssp. verus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T15935A17989872.
The Rainforest Report 03/2016, a magazine from Rainforest Rescue /Rettet den Regenwald e.V., presents an article of our WCF work in Liberia (article is in German):
We want to thank all the donors that supported Club P.A.N. during the new school year 2015-2016!
Club P.A.N. started in 5 schools in Côte d'Ivoire, reaching 260 children and their families this year!
In November 2015, Club P.A.N. started in 3 schools in the west of Taï National Park: Gouléako 2, Sakré and Ziriglo. In total, we reach in these schools 141 children.
Thanks to the donations from their German partner-schools (Kepler Gymnasium Leipzig, Alexander von Humboldt Gymnasium Werdau), the Club P.A.N. program also started now in February 2016, in 2 schools in the east of Taï National Park, in Petit Tiémé and Adamakro, reaching 119 children there.
Instead of the former 15 Club P.A.N. schools, unfortunately, due to lack of funding, we were able to keep up this activity in 5 schools during the current year. We are most grateful to all donors who helped us to make this happen! We also wish to express our gratitude to our local coordinators Ouattara Dabila, Hilaire Guilahoux, Gbla Georges Gnolou and Andrien Kouadio Kouakou from "Cellule des Projets Environnementaux", without whom this project would not exist!
New Current Biology Magazine Feature published "Chimpanzees, our cultured cousins"! (PDF)
The Wild Chimpanzee Foundation wishes you a happy new year 2016!
New WCF report for "Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinée" (CBG-Halco concession)
Complementary primates study, CBG expansion project
New SPIEGEL article about the chimpanzees in Taï National Park (Côte d'Ivoire) and the work of the WCF from journalist Philip Bethge (article and video are both in German): (PDF in German)
August 1, 2015
Thank you for visiting and taking the time to hear our appeal!
Normally, Club P.A.N. would start its 9th school year this October 2015 in Côte d'Ivoire. Unfortunately, we were unable to secure funding this year despite the amazing results we have achieved with the program and all the children we have reached.
This means that 15 schools with more than 1000 children will not learn about environmental issues, endangered species, local flora and fauna, biodiversity, conflicts between animals and humans and good hygienic practices this year and perhaps not ever again in the foreseeable future around the Taï National Park.
We have been making progress to incorporate Club P.A.N. into the national school curriculum but that has not happened yet and we really do not want to lose the momentum we have been developing over the last 8 years. The first meetings with the Ministry of Education happened earlier this year and stopping Club P.A.N. now may be the end of the entire national initiative as well.
We are now asking for crowd funding and for you to support us in our 9th year on Global Giving!
As little as 10 dollars will pay for a Club P.A.N. T-Shirt and book for one child with 12 sessions in it and have them included in the program. If you are able to donate more here is how your money will contribute to running Club P.A.N. in 2014-2015:
- $20 will support one Club P.A.N. teacher for a month
- $50 will pay the pre- and post-evaluation of one school
- $80 will pay one conservation activity for one school such as planting trees
- $100 will create one nature class room and pay materials for 12 sessions
- $200 will pay one parents' day
- $300 will pay the training for one teacher
- $500 will pay the monthly salary of the two Club P.A.N. coordinators
Even if you can only donate a few dollars every little bit counts, please consider helping us reach our goal to fund Club P.A.N. this year.
Please spread the word on twitter, facebook and any other way you can - Thank you et Merci!
If you prefer to donate directly to the Wild Chimpanzee Foundation please donate here and earmark your donation "for Club P.A.N.": http://www.wildchimps.org/wcf/english/files/donation.htm
July 1, 2015
End of the Club P.A.N. school year 2014-2015
Club P.A.N. has now been active for its 8th consecutive year in Côte d’Ivoire, around the Taï National Park, and for its 5th year in the regions of Sangaredi and Dabola in Guinea. The number of schools we managed to work in increased again, with 7 schools in Guinea and 15 schools in Côte d’Ivoire! It was a wonderful school year with great activities and outcomes from the parents days and conservation activities. During lesson 11 we had some great conservation projects including a big tree planting project and the construction of a new goat farm as a school micro-project. In cooperation with the partner school project WCF runs with German schools such as the Humboldt Gymnasium in Werdau and the Kepler Gymnasium in Leipzig, the school in Adamakro received a new building with new class rooms. Thanks to the money German pupils donated to the project to cover school fees and study materials, 6 girls were able to attend school this year. A big thank you to the German schools!
The highlight of this school year was the creation of a new Club P.A.N. session (Number 12!!!) by researchers from the Robert Koch-Institute in Berlin. This lesson was a response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014 and concentrated on good hygienic practices and the prevention of disease transmission. The children received new posters, lesson materials, soap and buckets. The Club P.A.N. teacher training in October 2014 was conducted this time at the research station in Taï National Park with support of OIPR, CPE, TMP and TCP. The teachers and principals were able to see the primary tropical rainforest and parts of the training were conducted in the forest during nature walks. This was our most enjoyed and successful teacher training to date!
June 1, 2015
Outstanding contribution institution of the year 2014
WCF is honored for its outstanding contribution to conservation in Liberia!
April 1, 2015
2015 Winner of the St Andrews Prize for the Environment
A multi-level conservation project, which aims to protect the largest remaining population of wild chimpanzees in the Foutah Djallon-Bafing river region in Guinea, West Africa has won this year’s St Andrews Prize for the Environment. At a ceremony at the University of St Andrews, Christophe Boesch from the Wild Chimpanzee Foundation, and director at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, was presented with the winning prize of $100,000 USD.
January 1, 2015
Taï-Grebo-Sapo Forest Complex between Côte d'Ivoire and Liberia
- Biomonitoring phase 1 in the Proposed Grebo National Park, Liberia (2014) [pdf]
- Community Eco-Guard: Report of the activities undertaken in and around the proposed Grebo National Park, Liberia (2014) [pdf]
- Report on the second steering committee meeting for the trans-boundary collaboration for the Taï-Grebo-Sapo Forest Complex between Côte d'Ivoire and Liberia (June 2014) [pdf]
- Report on the first steering committee meeting for the trans-boundary collaboration for the Taï-Sapo Forest Complex between Côte d'Ivoire and Liberia (March 2013) [pdf]
- Étude des terroirs et couloirs écologiques entre le Parc National de Taï et le Parc National de Grebo (par Frédéric Varlet, Avril 2013) [pdf in French]
- Conflict prevention and resolution in Taï National Park, Côte d’Ivoire (by Alec Crawford, March 2013) [pdf]
December 1, 2014
International Green Apple Environment Award
The Wild Chimpanzee Foundation received the International Green Apple Environment Award for environmental best practice around the world, WCF is the Europe: Silver Winner! We want to thank the green organisation for this honor!
August 1, 2014
Steering committee meeting
The WCF organized the second steering committee meeting for the trans-boundary collaboration for the Taï-Grebo-Sapo Forest Complex between Côte d'Ivoire and Liberia in June 2014.
August 1, 2014
Club P.A.N. has now been active for its seventh consecutive year in Côte d’Ivoire around the Taï National Park and for its fourth year in Guinea.The final report provides an overview of what has been done during this school year of the program (2013/2014).
The highlight of this school year is the honoring of our Club P.A.N. coordinator Mr. HilaireGuilahoux from the CPE with the “Charles Southwick Conservation Education Commitment Award 2014” from the International Primatological Society. Furthermore, the Club P.A.N. project received the “Educating Africa Pan-African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education 2013” from the “Teach A Man To Fish” organization.
Club P.A.N. was fully active during this school year; reaching fifteen schools in Côte d’Ivoire with 729 children and 4 schools in Guinea with 400 children – a total of 1129 children in both countries. All these children joined two evaluations and 11 sessions. All children prepared a parents day at the end of their school year and teachers where trained in the beginning of the school year, the WCF achieved all Club P.A.N. objectives set out.
We would like to thank our collaborators and partners from the school systems in Guinea and Côte d’Ivoire (Ministère de l’EducationNationale) and particularly the Inspection de l’EnseignementPrimaire de Soubré1 - Cellule des ProjetsEnvironnementaux (CPE) to plan and organize the activities of the education program. We would like to thank the sponsors of the 2013-2014 Club P.A.N. school year: Guinea Alumina Corporation, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, International Primatological Society, Teach a Man to Fish, Keidanren Nature Conservation Fund, Fonds Social de Developpement, Auckland Zoo Conservation Grant, ZüricherTierschutz, Paul Schiller Stiftung, Brevard Zoo, Leipzig Zoo and Zoo am Meer Bremerhafen! Without you, nothing would be possible, thanks!
April 15, 2014
Partnership: WCF and SODEFOR
WCF and SODEFOR signed a 1 year partnership agreement in April, 22 2014 mandating WCF to perform Independent Monitoring missions with members of the communities in forest managed by the logging company (STBC) and its government controller SODEFOR. This is the first pilot study of this nature in the, EU-FAO FLEGT program, Côte d’Ivoire.
April 1, 2014
Winner of the 2013 Saville Foundation Pan-African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education
The Wild Chimpanzee Foundation wins the competition for promoting entrepreneurship and innovation in education and confronting youth unemployment in Africa. UK-based charity Teach A Man To Fish has announced the WCF as Country Winner of the 2013 Saville Foundation Pan-African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education. The competition has awarded organizations from 40 different countries with a total of $57,000 in prizes. The Wild Chimpanzee Foundation will be awarded $1000 as the winning organisation in Côte d'Ivoire. The WCF are leading the way in entrepreneurship in education in Côte d'Ivoire with their innovative and sustainable approach that impacts the people in their community. WCF thanks the Teach A Man To Fish team for the award!
April 1, 2014
Ebola outbreak in Guinea
WCF participates in a joint mission with the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) and other partners to search for the Ebola impact on wildlife, to know more visit the webpage of the RKI: http://www.rki.de/EN/Home/homepage_node.html
January 1, 2014
Happy new year!
December 1, 2013
WCF Team in Liberia
This is our new WCF Team in Liberia with the main office in Monrovia created in October 2013. The team director is Dervla Dowd (second from left) on her left is Clement Tweh (biomonitoring officer), on her right is Samuel Cooper (field officer), followed by Daniel Arranaga (assistant to the director) and Victor Davies (driver).
September 12, 2013
HELP US TO: Save 2000 chimpanzees in West Africa!
The WCF is participating in a fundraising competition and needs your help! Global Giving is a fundraising charity website that helps to support non profit organizations. We have one month (Starting September 1st) to raise $5,000 with a minimum 40 donors so that we can have a permanent spot on Global Giving’s site. This is a unique chance to have access to a large pool of resources to use towards the conservation of chimpanzees and be a part of the Global Giving community. Just follow the link. Even a small amount can make a huge impact. Please like and if you can share, so that this post may stay on top of peoples news feeds.
September 10, 2013
Great Ape Orphan Campaign
Great Ape Orphan Campaign of the Wild Chimpanzee Foundation and the Conservation Group of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology [pdf].
September 10, 2013
Report on the celebrations of "33 years of research and conservation of chimpanzees in Côte d’Ivoire"
Report on the celebrations of "33 years of research and conservation of chimpanzees in Côte d’Ivoire" [pdf in French]
August 31, 2013
Meeting: Christophe Boesch and president of Côte d'Ivoire
Christophe Boesch has met the president of Côte d'Ivoire, Alassane Ouattara, in February 2013 and was honoured with the medal "Officier de l'Ordre National" for his long-year investment for the conservation and research of the natural heritage in Côte d'Ivoire.
June 1, 2013
Environmental Education in Côte d'Ivoire/West Africa
The Wild Chimpanzee Foundation created in 2007 nature clubs called “Club P.A.N.” (Personnes, Animaux et Nature / People, Animals, & Nature) for primary schools in West Africa. Claudia Borchers from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology / Leipzig has joined the Club P.A.N. for several years and analyzed during her current dissertation the evaluation results of this great environmental education program. Claudia Borchers and colleges found that the participation of children in the Club P.A.N. program increased their environmental knowledge and positively influenced their attitudes towards nature.
Borchers C., Boesch C., Riedel J., Guilahoux H., Ouattara D., Randler R. (2013). Environmental Education in Côte d'Ivoire/West Africa: Extra-Curricular Primary School Teaching Shows Positive Impact on Environmental Knowledge and Attitudes. International Journal of Science Education, Part B.
April 19, 2013
Meeting: Christophe Boesch and Sir David Attenborough
On the 19.04.2013 Christophe Boesch met Sir David Attenborough to discuss the crisis facing the survival of wild chimpanzees in general and especially the chimpanzees of the Taï Forest. David Attenborough, realising the seriousness of the situation, has offered his direct support by giving voice to this issue in public during the launch of the Disneynature “Chimpanzee” film to be released in the UK on 3 May 2013.
More about the Taï chimpanzees and the film can be found here:
April 1, 2013
First steering committee for the Tai-Sapo Corridor project
The WCF organized the first steering committee for the Tai-Sapo Corridor project.
Press release: Workshop for the Taï-Sapo Forest Complex [pdf]
October 1, 2012
33 years of the Taï Chimpanzee Project
February 1, 2012
New book published!
Boesch, C., Grundmann, E., Mulhauser, B. 2011: Manifeste pour les Grands Singes. Le Savoir Suisse, Presses Polytechniques et Universitaires Romandes.
Trophée de femmes
On February 28th 2007, the Yves Rocher Foundation attributed its "Trophée de femmes" for the first time also in Switzerland. Hedwige Boesch, with her project for increased protection of the last remaining chimpanzee populations and the tropical rain forest, received the second prize. She offered the 5'000.00 FCH for projects of the Wild Chimpanzee Foundation.
The "Zürcher Tierschutz" celebrated its 150the anniversary in October 2006!
On Friday 27th of October, after the performance of Janacek's "Das schlaue Füchslein" at the Zurich Opera, the "Zürcher Tierschutz" has invited to a Charity-Dinner on stage in favour of the declining populations of wild chimpanzees in tropical Africa.
Primatologists and founding members of the Wild Chimpanzee Foundation Christophe and Hedwige Boesch were invited guests to this event.
"We are thrilled about this fabulous Charity-Dinner in favor of chimpanzees and honored to be able to speak on the dramatic situation of Great Apes during the dinner and again on Saturday October 28th at 7h30 pm, in a tent in front of the Opera House" said Hedwige Boesch (photo on top), managing director of the WCF.
In February 2007, the fabulous result of SFR 30'000 has been credited to the WCF and the whole WCF directory board sends heartful thanks to the Zürcher Tierschutz.
October 18, 2006: In Germany the "Wild Chimpanzee Foundation-Germany e.V." has been founded.
The association is supporting all the WCF projects to increase protection for the last wild chimpanzee populations and their habitat.
The association is registered under no: VA 4362:07.09.2006. Tax number is 230/141/03600 K06. It is a non-profit organisation and your donations can be tax deduced.
To support the WCF projects please send your donations to:
Wild Chimpanzee Foundation-Germany-e.V.
IBAN: DE44 8604 0000 0113 7272 00