CERCO‐NEWS VOLUME 3, ISSUE 1 J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 1 INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Help yourselves! 1 Help yourselves! From the 2 It’s been just over a is enacted in a sustainable Director year now since a new way, through monitoring Community Conservation and enforcing by‐laws, Checking his list 2 & Development Comm‐ such as where farming is ittee (CCDC) was elected allowed (see October A game of two 2 in our host village Iko Esai, 2010 CERCONEWS). halves and we are able to report The second area we that they have made help them with is in excellent progress on all gaining external support Ricky Joe, the Project Manager New property… 3 stunning views! fronts. Their latest project for development projects researching grants and in of renovating the in the village, and in proposal writing, the secondary school in the implementing those village successfully Mama mia here I 4 go again village is testament that projects. applied to the Cross River our considerable efforts Following dis‐cussions State Social and to re‐start and energise with key people in the Community Fund for Calabar Skill 4 this organisation have community, the CCDC support for these Centre been very worthwhile. concluded that the most projects. Our goal is to build the pressing areas in need of The CCDC, led by Where there’s 5 less smoke…. capacity of the CCDC to attention were Chairman Stanley Obo, the point that Iko Esai renovation of the has been working hard village has ownership of secondary school, and a within the village to A Princely gift 5 its needs for bridge on the road to the provide the 30% development. We are highway that allows counterpart funding Want to be a part 6 training the CCDC in two access to external required, and to organise of it ? areas. Firstly to ensure markets and services. the community labour. that the village’s land use With our assistance in Community involvement and support has been extremely strong, with labour and materials provided by willing volunteers. Renovations to the Now the school secondary school in renovations are nearly Iko Esai complete, work is expected to begin on the bridge within a few weeks. Hopefully this will prove to be just the start of a long and productive era for the Iko Esai CCDC.
PAGE 2 From the Director A beautiful childhood constant repairs required CCDC (front page), when I novel that I still love to the ageing vehicle that recall how hard we incorporates the belief we previously had in worked to get this group that the colour of the first Rhoko was a permanent re‐established and butterfly that you see in source of disruption and functioning the way it was the year establishes your stress that we can now at intended. fortune for the remainder last discount thanks to the And with all the of the year. Yellow heralds generous support of the positive progress of our a happy year, and luckily Prince Bernhard Fund for other project work that for me the Common Grass Nature. you can read about in the Yellow (Eurema hecabe) Our new monkey remaining articles, I really Claire Coulson was fluttering around low arrivals this month (see like the way 2011 is going. CERCOPAN in my compound on page 4) came to us in good If you havent seen a Director January 1st. health. That made me very butterfly yet this year, you With the delivery of a happy: it’s more often the might want to get a good new 4WD truck shortly case that orphans are local guidebook and check afterwards (see final brought to us having out where the yellow ones article), who am I to suffered severe neglect or are to be found! question the truth of this abuse. belief? Our trucks are the I am also pleased with backbone of our the results that are now operation, and the coming through from the Checking his list Distribution of the bag of rice and salt for the Christmas gift involves annual Christmas their family. The Chiefs meeting with a member of gift began on 24th Council of Iko Esai and the every single Esai December and Community Conservation household, we also use continued over a Development Committee this opportunity to gather two week period. (CCDC) were given information regarding Mike Ekpe, our additional rice and salt to household size, age of Community Liaison share between them. The family members, Head of Officer, maintained annual Christmas gift household and household a post in the centre serves as our thank you to income. This information is of the village and the village for all of the used to identify and target Mike Ekpe distributing each household was help and support they those most vulnerable, for the Christmas gift invited to send a provide CERCOPAN future sustainable representative to collect a throughout the year. As livelihoods projects. A game of two halves You know you are well‐ annual Christmas football Charging into the semi‐ integrated into local tournament! final, we suddenly lost 6‐2 village life when they ask It’s a hotly contested to Otenikapang. Then, In you to participate in the event, and CERCOPAN is the play‐offs, Heaven always in the thick of it surprisingly defeated us 2‐1 The each year. and we finished 4th out of 6 tournament In the round robin teams. Well you can’t win stage this time around we the event if you want to about to begin started with a goalless keep good relationships, draw with Eyeyen, and can you?! followed this with an For the record, extremely narrow 3‐2 loss Ebontema won 1‐0 against against the much‐fancied Otenikapang in the final, by Ebontema team. a penalty.
VOLUME 3, ISSUE 1 PAGE 3 New property...stunning views! This month saw the Etimbuk loving the completion of a new enclosure at Rhoko new enclosure camp. Since their arrival in 2004, Mona monkeys Etimbuk and Twiggy have been housed at the same site as all of our other captive monkeys at Rhoko, including the large Mangabey group. But they have now been moved to a new forest site remote from their former location. This is a very important activity relative to the next release of Monas into the forest and long‐term freedom for the latter. We are dispersing our resident Mona population across a variety of sites to reduce the risk that the “Both animals Release group might return to the centre of captive quickly recovered populations. from their Our short‐term construc‐ Vet to make a trip up from Veterinarian Graham Brown tion volunteer Tjark Plat Calabar to move them. also took the opportunity to experience and masterminded the building This involved both take blood samples from the are now enjoying of the new enclosure and monkeys being blow‐darted, Release group for a final now, not only do they have and then the anaesthetised health screen. their new more stimulation with their animals were carried along Analysis of the blood surroundings” new forest view, but with forest trails to their new samples is an important the new environmental home far deeper into the preparation step prior to enrichment added, they forest. the group’s imminent have a plethora of logs, Both animals quickly reintroduction, and is shrubs, swings and branches recovered from their performed to minimise the to add more levels and experience and are now risk of our release monkeys variety to their living space. enjoying their new passing on any diseases to Once the enclosure was surroundings. the resident population of completed it was up to our Whilst visiting Rhoko, Monas in the forest. Veterinarian Graham blow‐darting in preparation for the move
PAGE 4 Mama mia, here I go again This month saw the Their mother would all this time in the same arrival of two new Putty‐ have been killed to be enclosure together. Nosed Guenons, Chico and eaten, but her babies The housing they were Mama. The two guenons survived, being too small. kept in was much better are victims of the bush Instead they were kept than we normally see, and meat trade. as pets in a village near both of them were in good Akampa to the North of health and body condition Calabar. After three years, when they arrived, so they their keeper decided that had not been poorly he could not look after treated, as is often the them any longer. case. Fortunately he got to They are currently being Best buddies hear about CERCOPAN, and kept in our quarantine area he asked us to take them before any attempts are into long‐term care. made to introduce them Chico, a male, and both to a bigger group. But Mama, a female, are both presently their prospects about three and a half look good for rehabilitation years old and are clearly within a more natural social best buddies, having spent structure than they could have hoped for before. Calabar Skill Centre We have been lucky for the Last year we were fortunate machine along with an angle last few months to have had enough to receive a captive grinder. Tjark, with the aid of Tjark Plat, a skilled welder and care grant from the our Nigerian staff, has enclosure builder, join our International Primatological completed one enclosure, and team. Tjark has been building Society to build a new the second is well on the way. primate enclosures in the UK mangabey enclosure. This grant This has been a great for many years so we have was used along with money opportunity for a highly skilled been putting his experience to from various other individual volunteer from the UK to come good use. donors to demolish two to Nigeria and capacity‐build enclosures, next door to and pass on some of his varied each other, and build two skills to our staff. Among other new and much better things, Tjark has trained staff enclosures on the same site. members to cut and prepare The old enclosures were lengths of steel pipe with the constructed mainly out of grinder and then weld different wood and mesh. The wood sections of pipe together. had not lasted well and was These are extremely useful in constant need of repair. skills, as we are currently in the We have reused a lot of the process of replacing a number mesh and this time of other enclosures, and constructed the framework looking to move our operations of the enclosure out of steel. to a new site at the University These new enclosures of Calabar. New equipment, should stand the test of time The new enclosures have and new skills much better. been constructed in such a way For this project we that they can be taken apart purchased a welding and assembled at the new site.
VOLUME 3, ISSUE 1 PAGE 5 Where there’s less smoke…. Fuel‐efficient wood‐ stoves, produce less smoke, The first use about one third of the stove, in use wood required, and they cook quicker! For women in the village, that looks like a winning formula. As the ones who have to trek to the forest to gather the wood for cooking, this will mean a lighter load and fewer trips. Less smoke from the kitchen fire is good for health as well. To learn more, our Community Conservation Manager (Rachel The knowledge gained will Fuel wood efficiency is Hemingway) undertook be spread throughout both expected to have a positive training in Calabar this communities through a series effect on forest conservation, month to understand how of workshops. as recent base‐lining indicated to construct the most It is hoped that the use of that up to 15 kilos of wood a “It is hoped efficient stove possible with these woodstoves will reduce day are used in any one that the use of locally available materials. the communities’ total household, meaning that a We are now taking these dependence on firewood by family of 5 can burn the these woodstoves learnings into the villages of 50%, as well as making the equivalent of 120 small trees in will reduce the Iko Esai and Agoi. kitchen a healthier a year. communities’ environment to be in. total dependence on firewood by A Princely gift 50% ” We have just taken The truck will be used to rely on a long‐term view, since possession of a brand‐new support our project a change in traditional practices 4‐wheel drive Toyota Hilux operations at Rhoko, and in cannot possible be achieved in truck. This incredibly particular our 12‐month goals important asset to us is the to expand our successful generous donation of Prins conservation programme Bernhard Natuurfonds (the there to the neighbouring Prince Bernhard Fund for villages of Iko Ekperem, Agoi, Nature). and Owai. Prince Bernhard was the Our present truck in the father of the current field is at the end of its life, monarch of the being in constant need of Netherlands, Queen Beatrix. maintenance and repairs. He helped found WWF (the Consequently our ability to World Wide Fund for conduct our operations Nature), and was its first effectively was severely President. compromised before this In 1994 he endowed his donation. own Foundation, with the The long‐term nature of mission to ‘support small, this grant is particularly preferably local initiatives important to us. Our hopes for towards the conservation an expanded area of timescales measured by All new , and ready and wise use of nature and protected forest beyond the months, and the Fund’s for conservation our natural resource base’. community forest of Iko Esai recognition of this is notable. action!