Wild Chimpanzee Foundation
WILD is pleased to partner with The Wild Chimpanzee Foundation (WCF) which has been working for many years to save the chimpanzee in its natural habitat. With a motto “Now or Never,” WCF has always set its priorities through grass-root activities where wild chimpanzee populations and their forested habitat is being threatened.
WCF approaches its field conservation much as does WILD, in a holistic manner whereby human needs and education are an integrated part of the actual conservation strategy. WCF combines environmental education and sensitization of the local human population with improved law enforcement through strategic bio-monitoring, regular evaluation of conservation activities, and strong capacity building of local forces. Stopping the bushmeat trade is a specific and important element in all their projects. Recently, WCF has begun to work with logging and mining companies, because some 80% of wild chimpanzees live outside of any protected areas in Africa. All WCF’s conservation activities are based on knowledge gained by decades of scientific research on great apes by the WCF-president and many of his collaborators.
Historically, WCF started in Côte d’Ivoire and has since then implemented activities in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. In 2012, WCF will also develop new projects in Gabon and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). All staff members, and almost all of WCF’s local field assistants, project leaders and students of local universities, are actively engaged in the projects and thereby learn how to sustainably perpetuate nature conservation in collaboration with local, national and international organizations.
What is the WCF proposing?
The philosophy of the WCF is threefold: Implement projects of Education, Conservation, and Research for and by the African people.
The program contains 5 main points:
- A package of awareness activities has been developed to bring knowledge about chimpanzee behavior to forest regions which contain chimpanzees. The goal is to diminish human – chimpanzee conflicts and the resulting poaching.
- Bio-monitoring is the tool to answer questions like: Where do the last wild chimpanzee populations live?
- Schoolchildren in Côte d’Ivoire and Germany started in 2005 to exchange projects on environmental education and many other topics such as health, poverty, art, culture, economy.
- Protection of high priority internationally classified forests by bio-monitoring for an updated and detailed survey of the fauna towards establishment of an improved management plan of logging activities to reduce their potentially devastating effects.
- To diminish poaching: WCF launched a campaign in cooperation with the local governments which demands a moratorium on the hunting and use of wild chimpanzees and integrates environmental issues in the development policy of the concerned countries.
* The Wild Chimpanzee Foundation is a Collaborative Conservation Project (CCP) of The WILD Foundation