WWF Coastal Forest Programme - Local biodiversity

Floral significance

Most of this area is made up of equatorial dense rainforests harboring a rich diversity of plants and animals, including exceptional levels of endemism in all taxa. Wildlife includes large mammal species like:
- The forest elephant (Loxodonta Africana)
- Gorillas (Gorilla gorilla),
- Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes)
- giant goliath frogs - Drill (Mandrillus leucophaeus),
- Preuss' Guenon (Cercopithecus prussi),
- Red-eared Guenon (Cercopithecus erythrotes).
- West African Manetee (Trichechus senegalensis). T
The CFP area is also important for small mammals, herps, and fish. The Muanenguba and Kupe forests, for example, are reputed for their rich chameleon and snake fauna, with rare species like the Four-horned Chameleon (Cameleo quadricornis quardricornis), the Mountain Chameleon (Camerleo montium), etc. Among the many species of snakes found in the area are the two-headed snake and the tree viper. Research also indicates a variety of frog and toad species, including the Muanenguba endemic frogs and the giant goliath frog.

Rich Avifauna
The area harbours key bird species of international importance. These include:
- the Mount Kupe Bushstrike (found only in the Kupe Bakossi forest area)
- Mount Cameroon Francolin (Francolinus cameroonensis) - peculiar only in the Mount Cameroon forest,
- the green breated bushstrike (Malaconotus gladiator),
- the White-throated Mountain babbler (Kupeornis giberti),
- the grey necked Picathartes or rock fowl (Picarthartes oreas)
 / ©: WWFCARPO/CFP
Wildlife species in the area include the Drill (Mandrillus leucophaeus),
© WWFCARPO/CFP
 / ©: WWFCARPO/CFP
Partial view of the Cameroonian highlands forest of the Bakossi area
© WWFCARPO/CFP
Chimpanzee (<i>Pan troglodytes</i>) yawning, aggressive display. / ©: WWF-Canon / Michel GUNTHER
Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) yawning, aggressive display.
© WWF-Canon / Michel GUNTHER

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