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West African Vulture Survey
Conduct a survey of vultures in northern Guinea, Ghana and Togo that complements a 2003-2004 census undertaken in neighboring countries to ascertain status and range of West African vulture species and determine the main factors responsible for the declines in these species. The project will also survey diurnal raptors, and is one of the priority actions of the new West African Vulture Conservation Program.
Monrovia, Liberia as a Transport Hub for the Bushmeat Trade
Conduct surveys of bushmeat trade in Monrovia, Liberia, particularly to collect data on volumes and species traded and factors that affect supply of bushmeat to the market (such as the price of gasoline and ammunition). Investigate the potential outlets for bushmeat to enter international markets. The research will be conducted in collaboration with the Philadelphia Zoo, which will provide assistance and oversight of survey methods and data analysis.
Acoustic Monitoring of Forest Elephants
Develop and refine acoustic systems for assessing and monitoring local populations of forest elephants in Ghana's Kakum National Park. Detect and analyze elephant sounds, including infrasonic calls that are inaudible to human ears, to help researchers and conservationists generate abundance estimates and deduce population structure from acoustic information. This information will contribute to management strategies that will ensure the long-term survival of elephant populations.
Liberia Sea Turtle Project
Building on baseline data collected in 2000, conduct a survey in all the coastal communities from Sinoe to Maryland County and a series of communal meetings to gather basic data about sea turtles in this sector, including species identification, threats and potential for conservation of sea turtles and other endangered marine species.
Increasing Our Knowledge of Biodiversity in Priority Areas of the Upper Guinean Forest Through Biological Assessments
Identify and train Rapid Assessment Program biologists, conduct two expeditions in the Haute Dodo region of southern Côte d'Ivoire and in a site in Liberia and publish the results of both assessments in French and English.