Last week, our research team went to Port Loko district to retrieve 16 camera traps set up last December in this study area. The aim of the study is to obtain data on the wild chimpanzee population living in human-disturbed habitats. At the same time, the data obtained may help to estimate biodiversity richness and to learn about the impact of crop raiding by chimpanzees and other animals. The principle of camera trapping is simple: an automatic camera is positioned in the forest and passing animals trigger the shutter, taking their own photograph. At the same time, interviews were carried out across several villages to obtain information on the wildlife biodiversity, people’s attitudes towards chimpanzees and other animals, and the impact of wildlife crop raiding.
This project has been partly funded with a grant from the Rufford Foundation (Rufford Small Grants Fund).
More info can be found in our blog update from last year.