Wildlife and Habitat Assessment Survey of the Afi River Forest Reserve, Cross River State, Nigeria February – April 2008
Inaoyom Imong & Kathy L. Wood
The Afi River Forest Reserve lies between the Afi Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary (AMWS) and the Mbe Mountains and is considered critically important as a forest corridor linking the isolated westernmost sub-population of Cross River gorillas (Gorilla gorilla diehli) at Afi Mountain to other gorilla groups in the Mbe Mountains and the Okwangwo Division of Cross River National Park (CRNP). The long term survival of the Afi gorillas depends to a large extent on at least occasional genetic contact with other groups. The reserve is also important as potential habitat into which other large mammals in the AMWS could expand in the future. However, the forest and wildlife within the reserve have come under serious threat from human disturbance including farming, logging and hunting and the status of the reserve as a long-term wildlife corridor is no longer assured. Although clear evidence of widespread human disturbance in the reserve exists, systematic data collection for management planning has been lacking.

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