The Guinean Forests of West Africa Hotspot is home to the rare pygmy hippopotamus and many other striking species, including the forest elephant, Diana monkey, and several forest antelopes.
The forests have the highest mammal diversity of any hotspot and are among the highest priorities for primate conservation. Critically Endangered primates in this hotspot include the white-collared mangabey, Roloway monkey, Stampfl's putty-nosed guenon, Miss Waldron's red colobus, and the Cross River gorilla.
Direct threats to biodiversity include ecosystem degradation caused by extractive practices, such as mining and bushmeat hunting; limited capacity for conservation; and institutional policies, regulations, and practices that undermine biodiversity conservation.
A primary focus for CEPF is to support connectivity among forest fragments and among agencies, groups, and policies to harmonize approaches to conservation.
Five strategic directions guide CEPF's approach in the Upper Guinean Forest:
Guinean Forests of West Africa