Engaging the next generation in wildlife conservation
Can pay for notebooks and pens for one education outreach class
Can pay for Saturday Nature Club for one month
Can pay for five school based education outreach sessions
School Outreach Programme
This programme focuses on educating local school children about conservation, the environment and wildlife in Cameroon. Every week during the academic year we go to schools in and around Limbe to teach lessons on topics such as primates, ecology, and the impact of human activities on the environment. We use a hands-on and creative approach and include student visits to the sanctuary, theatrical performances, singing and field trips in our programme. Ultimately, we aim to educate and inspire the next generation to protect wildlife.
On average, every year we educate some 1,200 school children across 11 schools. Furthermore, many of the students attend our Saturday Nature Club. Our outreach programme also involves a comprehensive evaluation element in order to assess the impact of our programmes. Our hope is to one day ensure all children in Cameroon receive specific education on conservation.
Saturday Nature Club
We encourage all citizens but especially children to feel involved in the protection of their natural and cultural heritage. As such, our education programmes aim to engage children to become future leaders in conservation.
Every Saturday from 2pm – 4pm we offer a Nature Club for local children. During this time they learn about nature conservation, play games, watch videos, take part in nature-based educational activities, see the animals in rehabilitation and much more! Every week we focus on a different conservation-related topic. Children are welcome to come and have fun, make new friends and learn about conservation.
We kindly request that parents ensure their children are dropped off and picked up by supervising adults.
We welcome around 50,000 visitors to the centre every year for conservation education. Importantly, more than 90% of these visitors are Cameroonian. However, due to the current socio-political crisis in the South West region, the number of visitors has dropped over the past two years. This also means that the income received from visitors has substantially reduced.
Loss of wildlife to the illegal wildlife trade is a critical issue, and one which continues despite there being numerous protected areas. Through visual observation of the wildlife in rehabilitation and through eco-guides and educational boards, we aim to educate our visitors not only on the individual animal species, but also on the threats to wildlife, and the conservation actions which every citizen should engage in to conserve Cameroon’s unique wildlife.