Protected areasAfi

Afi Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Afi Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary (© Angela Meder, with Informationen from Rich Bergl)


Conservation status:
Wildlife Reserve

c. 100 km²

300–1300 m

25–30 Cross River gorillas

Gorilla tourism:
not possible

Education Efforts Prevent a "Blackback" Cross River Gorilla from Being Killed

June 2018

In November 2017, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) received a report of a lone male Cross River gorilla sighted near two Nigerian villages (Ofambe...[details]

A Brief Update on the Proposed Superhighway in Cross River State

July 2017

In March 2016 the Federal Ministry of the Environment issued Cross River State a stop work order pending approval of an environmental impact...[details]

On a Road to Nowhere?

January 2017

After 16 years of continuous rule under the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and record levels of corruption and mismanagement, Nigeria elected a new...[details]

Improving Law Enforcement Monitoring in the Afi Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary

July 2016

The Afi Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary (AMWS) in Nigeria is the western-most Cross River gorilla site and home to about 10 % of the total Cross...[details]

Going the "SMART" Way in Nigeria and Cameroon

January 2016

The Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool (SMART) is new and improved software for measuring, evaluating and improving the effectiveness of wildlife...[details]

Bushmeat Hunting Changes African Rainforests

January 2014

Hunting often devastates populations of large mammals, and this may have impact on other animal and plant communities. In two recent studies (Effiom...[details]

Landslides Hit Afi Sanctuary

January 2014

The Afi Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary (AMWS) occupies approximately 100 km² in the north-western area of the Afi River Forest Reserve in the northern...[details]

Renovation of Afi Sanctuary Headquarters

February 2013

The Headquarter before renovation (© WCS Nigeria)

We transferred the first funds for project support in 2013: Andrew Dunn, our partner at WCS Nigeria, had asked us to fund the renovation of the Afi...[details]

Renovation Afi Base

June 2011

The new sleeping shed at Afi Base Camp (© Inaoyom Imong)

Afi Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary is the most westerly of three sites in Nigeria where Cross River gorillas occur, the other two sites being the Mbe...[details]

Approaches to Saving Gorillas in Nigeria

December 2010

WCS education coordinator, Mark Otu (right), hands over the keys of a snail pen to one of the project beneficiaries, John Kidze, as he receives hunting gear from him (© WCS)

Cross River gorillas face diverse threats resulting from high human population densities around the areas they inhabit. Efforts to save these...[details]

Monitoring Gorillas in Nigeria

July 2010

Comparison of encounter rate of human sign (per km) in Boshi Extension, Mbe Mountains and Afi Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary (© Inaoyom Imong)

From March to August 2009, surveys were conducted to evaluate the status of gorillas and other diurnal primates and their habitat at four gorilla...[details]

Nigeria: Cross River Gorillas

July 2009

The new camp in Mbe is constructed (© Andrew Dunn)

Improving Gorilla Protection in the Mbe MountainsCovering an area of about 80 km² the Mbe Mountains is one of three sites in Nigeria where gorillas...[details]

Important Forest Corridor for Gorillas under Threat

December 2008

The Afi River Forest Reserve survey team

The Afi River Forest Reserve is an area lying between two sites in Nigeria where the Cross River gorilla is known to occur - the Afi Mountain...[details]

Genetic Analysis in the Cross River Gorilla

June 2007

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file[details]

News from Nigeria 2006

December 2006

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file[details]

Update on Nigeria: WCS's Work

June 2005

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file.[details]

A Report from Nigeria 1998

June 1998

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file[details]