Pangolin population status in the forest versus savannah habitat in the Mpem et Djim National Parks –Cameroon: an assessment of the occurrence events in the dry and in the raining season using camera traps.
Funding source: Rufford Small Grant
Start Date: 4 August 2018
End Date: 11 November 2019
Project leader: Simo Talla Franklin
Conservation efforts for Pangolins in Central Africa are hampered by the lack of information on their populations and natural history. They are now given the highest level of protection on both international and national wildlife legislation but even with these efforts, trafficking in pangolins is still rampant in Cameroon and there is need for assessment of potential strongholds to help orientate pangolin conservation and help decision-makers and wildlife managers to take more informed decisions to conserve pangolins. Pangolins are rarely included in mammal surveys, being very difficult to detect and monitor using conventional survey methods and there is a need to develop and improve the method used to detect pangolin in the wild this to allow a good assessment of their status around the globe. Our major objective for pangolins during this project was to contribute in improving the method for their monitoring in the wild.
We proposed a method allowing detection of white-bellied pangolin in the wild with good detection probability and moderated survey effort. We also provide documentation of pangolin species of the Mpem et Djim national Park using camera traps (White-bellied pangolin and Giant pangolin), and located areas where to focus conservation efforts for pangolin population in this protected area. At the community level, we carry out an awareness-raising campaign aiming at influencing local attitude with pangolin conservation.