Afi Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the highlands of Cross River State and it is under the management of the Cross River State Forestry Commission. The wildlife sanctuary is a home to rare chimpanzees, gorillas and drill monkeys.
On Afi Mountain wild drill still survive with other endangered primates including the most endangered gorilla subspecies, the Cross River gorilla. The rugged massif (1400m) is a critical watershed for dozens of communities.
Afi Mountain is listed as an IBA (Important Bird Area) for Nigeria and hosts one of the largest migratory swallow roosts in Africa.
The forests on Afi Mountain are a barrier against the encroaching derived Savannah from the west and north. In 1993, Pandrillus started community protection patrols using local hunters to discourage shooting and trapping, an education programme in the 17 villages surrounding the mountain, and brought the communities together as a common interest group for the first time.
Pandrillus’s community protection programme prevailed and made great strides in controlling hunting, in particular developing popular support for protection of “The Big Three” – gorilla, drill and chimpanzee.
In May 2000 the state government legally created the Afi Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary from the northwest portion of the Afi River Forest Reserve – a production forest reserve for which logging concessions had been issued.
Today the sanctuary is the best-protected area for drills in the world.
H.E.P.O. Box 826
Calabar, Cross River State
Tel: +234 (0)803 550 6257