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Independence Day in Freetown

We leave tomorrow for the Outamba Kilimi National Park to begin the first phase of research for the Pan Verus Project, but until then we have been in Freetown. Between applying for permits, visas, and meeting with various people around the city we have had time to spend time with our new Sierra Leonean friend Eric, who has just return to Sierra Leone for the first time in 18 years.  Continue reading “Independence Day in Freetown”

Conservation

Sierra Leone’s Wild Cats

Sierra Leone is home to six different species of wild cat: the leopard, the West African lion, the African wildcat, the golden cat, the serval and the caracal. These cat species are no longer as common as they once were across the country as their habitats and food sources are disappearing. In the Outamba Kilimi National Park the leopards are under threat from poaching and retaliatory killings. When food sources in the forest are scare, as the cats are competing with humans for wild game, they frequently will kill livestock to survive. Continue reading “Sierra Leone’s Wild Cats”

Conservation, Ebola

Preventing Ebola Outbreaks & Conserving Wildlife

Studies have agreed that the emergence of viral zoonotic diseases (disease that can be spread from animals to humans, like Ebola) can be reduced by protecting biodiversity and limiting the human impact on natural spaces. There is a very simple reason for this: the more space that wildlife has to live without human contact, the less chance there is for the animals to pass on any number of diseases to humans.  Continue reading “Preventing Ebola Outbreaks & Conserving Wildlife”

Conservation Today

Threats to Biodiversity

Outamba Kilimi National Park (OKNP) and it’s biodiversity are facing threats from several different factors at this time. When members of the Pan Verus Project first visited OKNP in early 2017 they found many parts of the park were extensively burned, evidence of illegal hunting activities, and were told by park rangers that plants and animals used in traditional medicine were often collected from the park. Continue reading “Threats to Biodiversity”

History of Conservation in Sierra Leone

Outamba Kilimi National Park

Outamba Kilimi National Park is Sierra Leone’s first national park, and is located in the far north of the country along the Guinean border. The national park is comprised of two non-contiguous areas, Outamba (183,100 acres) and Kilimi (90,900 acres). These protected areas lie at an important transition zone in Sierra Leone’s landscape, where the Upper Guinean Rainforest Ecosystem begins to transition into savanna and open woodland. Continue reading “Outamba Kilimi National Park”