Boki Community Moves to Save Endangered Chimpanzees in Cross River

In Breaking News, National News, Reports

by crossriverwatch admin

Bamba
Bamba

The Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzee is the rarest and most endangered of four subspecies of chimpanzee currently found in Africa. Man’s closest living relative, the ape is fully protected by Nigerian law, and now by communities also.

When a chimpanzee was recently killed by a hunter in the Mbe Mountains, the entire community of Bamba in Boki LGA, Cross River State, rose to protest the killing.

Led by their chief, Vincent O. Mkpe, the community quickly identified the hunter responsible for this heinous act as Ubua Stanley, and he was duly arrested.

A joint team from the Governor’s Task Force on Anti-Deforestation and the Cross River State Forestry Commission ensured that the culprit appeared before the magistrate court in Obubra, in less than 24 hours.

Justice was indeed swift and, using the newly revised forestry and wildlife law of Cross River State (2010), the man was sentenced to one year imprisonment. Alternatively, he was asked by the court to pay a fine of N100, 000.

An upcoming tourist destination, the Mbe Mountains are traditionally owned by the nine communities that surrounded the mountain.

The area is managed for conservation and development by the Conservation Association of the Mbe Mountains (CAMM) with support from the Wildlife Conservation Society, and is home to other rare and endangered species such as the
Cross River guerilla, in addition to the Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzee.

The importance of the Mbe Mountains as a wildlife haven, and a source of pride for Cross River State, has not gone unnoticed.

Bamba, the Guerilla, was recently unveiled as the official mascot and logo for the 19th National Sports Festival scheduled for Calabar in November 2014.

Culled from Daily Trust

follow us on twitter @crossriverwatch

Since You Are Here, Support Good Journalism


CrossRiverWatch was founded on the ideals of deploying tech tools to report in an ethical manner, news, views and analysis with a narrative that ensures transparency in governance, a good society and an accountable democracy.

Everyone appreciates good journalism but it costs a lot of money. Nonetheless, it cannot be sacrificed on the altar of news commercialisation.

Consider making a modest contribution to support CrossRiverWatch's journalism of credibility and integrity in order to ensure that all have continuous free access to our noble endeavor.

CLICK HERE

New Feature: Don't miss any of our news again.Get all our articles in your facebook chat box.Click the Facebook Messenger Icon below to subscribe now

Text Advert by CRWatch :Place Yours

Will You To Learn How To Make Millions Of Naira Making Special Creams From Your Kitchen?.Click Here


Expose Your Business And Make More Sales. Advertise On CrossRiverWatch.com Today

You may also read!

5 Survive Ghastly Accident In Calabar

By Ushang Ewa At least five survived a ghastly vehicle accident on Sunday afternoon at the Murtala Mohammed highway

Read More...

#EndPoliceBrutality: Cross River Panel Fails To Sit After 43 Day Adjournment

By Patrick Obia and Rachel Idim As the life of the Cross River State Judicial Panel of Inquiry into

Read More...

Cross River Recruiting Teachers, Sachet Water Manufacturers For Equatorial Guinea – John Gaul

By Maxwell Effiong Former State lawmaker and Cross River’s Special Envoy to the Gulf of Guinea, John Gaul Lebo

Read More...

Leave a reply:

Your email address will not be published.

Mobile Sliding Menu

Share this now