Creation of protected areas
The Wild Chimpanzee Foundation is working in close collaboration with the government authorities in West Africa to create new protected areas such as
- Grebo-Krahn National Park (created in 2017, 970 km²) and Krahn-Bassa National Park in Liberia
- Moyen-Bafing National Park (created in 2021, 6767 km²) and Pinselli-Soyah-Sabouyah National Park in Guinea.
In these national parks important Critically Endangered wild western chimpanzee populations will be protected, besides many other endangered species. The creation of new protected areas contributes to the national goal of Liberia to protect 30% of their remaining forest by 2030. The same holds for Guinea and their official goal to place 15% of the terrestrial surfaces under protection by 2020. We would like to thank the Forestry Development Authority in Liberia and the "Office Guinéen des Parcs Nationaux et Réserves de Faune" in Guinea for their great partnerships with WCF, without them these protected areas would not exist.
Press release - creation of the Moyen-Bafing National Park in 2021 [pdf]