The Cross River gorilla is the most critically endangered ape in Africa, with fewer than 300 individuals remaining on the Nigeria-Cameroon border. Populations are spread across an area of just 12,000Km and are primarily threatened by hunting and habitat destruction resulting from human pressure. To secure the future of these apes, the Gorilla Organization partnered with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in 2007, pledging financial support to facilitate development of the Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary, Cameroon, through the Cross River Gorilla Project.
The overall objective is to secure the future of the Cross River gorilla. The specific objectives are:
- To establish a management strategy for the Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary
- To continue ecological monitoring of the gorillas on the Kagwene Mountain
- To develop the permanent research camp on the edge of the forest in the Kagwene Mountain