The Oban Division of Cross River National Park is a biodiversity hotspot with high levels of diversity and endemism and is a particularly important site for rare and threatened primates including Preuss's red colobus, drill and the Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzee.
Commercial hunting to supply the lucrative bushmeat trade is considered the main threat to these primates, which are favored prey species for local hunters. The main forms of hunting include the use of locally-made shotguns and wire snares.
The proposed project focuses on reducing threats due to bushmeat hunting in Oban by providing support for regular anti-poaching patrols by park rangers. Improving law enforcement monitoring for Oban through the use of proven CyberTracker technology and the introduction of SMART is considered critical to ensuring that these patrols are effective.
SMART (Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool) is a suite of best practices aimed at helping protected area and wildlife managers better monitor, evaluate and adaptively manage patrolling activities.
The end results of the proposed activities are expected to include direct reduction of immediate threats to endangered primates, particularly shotgun hunting, as well as the removal of all hunting camps and wire snares encountered.