This year, the Limbe Wildlife Centre (LWC) is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Since 1993, the LWC has been working tirelessly towards its mission of protecting Cameroon’s unique wildlife through rescue, rehabilitation and release, education, and community outreach. The LWC’s work would not be possible without the support of its partners, and Pro Wildlife is one of the longest friendships of all!
Pro Wildlife is a Germany-based non-profit organisation working towards wildlife conservation and animal welfare worldwide. The organization is known for its efforts to combat wildlife crime and enforce animal protection laws. Pro Wildlife was founded in 1999 and will be celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2024. Pro Wildlife campaigns for better protection of wildlife, social and ecological sustainability in cooperation with local, national, and international organisations, and works towards maintaining the delicate balance between humans and nature.
Pro Wildlife and the LWC has been working in partnership since 2000. As a sanctuary for Cameroonian wildlife, and a hub of education and community outreach, the LWC’s activities are of interest to Pro Wildlife because… “the sanctuary’s protégés, all of them victims of illegal bushmeat trade, are Ambassadors to combat wildlife crime”, says Executive Director of Pro Wildlife, Andrea Höppner.
“We chose the LWC for a long-term partnership because it offers comprehensive solutions through its education programme and ongoing efforts to provide alternatives to poaching – while ensuring enforcement of species conservation laws by providing shelter for confiscated animals.”
There have been a multitude of projects that have been made possible thanks to the generous financial support through Pro Wildlife. This includes the construction of critical infrastructure such as a chimpanzee nursery, gorilla night dens and enclosures, climbing structures and guenon enclosures, as well as many essential donations such as printers, computers, medication and bandages. Furthermore, Pro Wildlife have also been instrumental in creating educational materials such as poster series that have been used to sensitise visitors for many years.