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Regenerating the home of Nigeria’s only endemic primate with the Tropical Research and Conservation Centre

The Sclater's Guenon is Nigeria’s only endemic primate. Both the guenon and its habitat are highly vulnerable. Little is known of the Sclaters Guenon due to its cryptic nature, but it is likely omnivorous, with a diet which includes fruits, insects and young foliage. As with other Cercopithecus species, the guenon may play an important role in seed dispersal for its rapidly disappearing habitat, and is therefore critically important. Habitat destruction by logging and oil exploration, human overdependence and exploitation of forest resources through unsustainable agricultural practices such as slash-and-burn farming are the major threat to the survival of this species.

This project directly addresses this threat and restores habitat by promoting and facilitating re-forestation and sustainable farming practises including mixed cropping. Project leaders will undertake community conservation education on the importance of endangered species conservation, building capacity around tree planting. An innovative part of the project will be planting fruits trees suitable for Sclater guenons to provide enough food within the conserved habitat to avoid them been hunted during outings/migration to other areas in search of food.

This project will restore the habitat noted as key to this species by the IUCN and other species in this forested area, including the crested chameleon, African grey parrot and Anambra waxbill.

The Tropical Research and Conservation Centre is a not for profit organization that focuses mostly on Agriculture, Environment and Community Health/Livelihood. It started in 2002 as a result of the founder’s interest in conservation of natural resources which include land, soil, water, forest and longevity of community livelihood.

What can you do? Nigeria’s forests are logged to satisfy a growing desire in the developed world for wood furniture and to supply the insatiable need for oil based energy. Think then ask before you buy – will what I am buying affect wildlife? Look for and purchase products that are friendly to the environment. Use sustainable energy and energy efficient appliances - good for the earth and good for animal habitat. http://taronga.org.au/support-us/take-action/positive-actions-wildlife/positive-actions-wildlife