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The secretive Preuss's guenon Allochrocebus preussi is a large semi-terrestrial monkey found only in SE Nigeria, SW Cameroon and on the island of Bioko. In Nigeria, Preuss’s guenon, or the mountain monkey, is restricted to the montane forests of Cross River State including the Okwangwo Division of Cross River National Park as well as forest patches on the Obudu plateau and in the Sankwala Mountains. Classified as endangered on the IUCN Red List.
Like other monkeys or guenons, the Preuss's guenon is threatened by hunting, habitat loss and habitat fragmentation. Unlike most other monkeys, it’s terrestrial habits make it susceptible to being caught in wires snares set for other ground-dwelling animals.
Law Enforcement and Protected Area Management. There is little wildlife left in Nigeria today outside of protected areas, providing support to strengthen the management of existing protected areas is the main focus of WCS in Nigeria. For unless we improve law enforcement within protected areas, and reduce levels of hunting, logging, livestock grazing and encroachment, wildlife will not survive in Nigeria.
Community Conservation. WCS fully recognizes that it is essential to involve local people in conservation efforts to save endangered species.
Conservation Education and Raising Levels of Awareness within local communities is essential for long-term success and a vitally important part of our work. Our conservation education outreach program is based around school conservation clubs and includes regular field trips and exchange visits. Our outreach program also includes the highly popular weekly radio drama show My Gorilla My Community and the use of wildlife film shows to spread conservation messages within the area.
Alternative Livelihoods are promoted to reduce pressure on endangered species and the remaining forests. WCS provides training to boost local incomes and to reduce levels of dependence on the forest and on hunting.