Christophe Boesch, President of the Wild Chimpanzee Foundation (WCF), was awarded the St Andrews Prize for the Environment in 2015 for the organisation’s outstanding contribution to chimpanzee conservation in Guinea West Africa. With the aim of implementing a forest corridor along the Bafing, WCF fights for environment restoration, education and the development of sustainable agricultural practices to stop the decrease in the chimpanzee population.
We heard from Christophe at the beginning of 2017 where he shared how the Moyen Bafing Project was progressing. One year on, we’re delighted to receive another update on this amazing project, and how the St Andrews Prize for the Environment has helped WCF in reaching their goals.
“2017 was an incredible year for the WCF, because we were involved in the creation of two new national parks to save the remaining critically endangered western chimpanzees in their natural habitat, one in Guinea and one in Liberia.
“The new Moyen-Bafing National Park in Guinea hosts between 4 - 5,000 western chimpanzees in an area of 6,426 sq km, the largest protected area for chimpanzees in Guinea and the largest chimpanzee population in Africa. The new park also provides habitat for several vulnerable large mammal species including the leopard, the golden cat, the hippopotamus and near threatened species, such as the bay duiker, the yellow-back duiker and the Guinean baboon.
“The new Grebo-Krahn National Park in Liberia hosts about 300 western chimpanzees in a primary tropical rainforest of 970 sq km, 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, the endangered and endemic pygmy hippopotamus, Jentink’s duiker and the western red colobus monkey, as well as the vulnerable forest elephant, Zebra duiker and Diana monkey.”
Find out more about the project here.