To safeguard the future of endangered primates and their habitat in West Africa through a sustainable One Plan Approach to species conservation: the development of management strategies and conservation actions by all responsible parties for all populations of a species, whether inside or outside their natural range.
DISCOVER, PROTECT, REINFORCE, CONNECT
West African Primate Conservation Action (WAPCA) was founded in 2001 by Heidelberg Zoo, Germany, which was then established as a local Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) in Ghana in 2007 and continues to manage it.
WAPCA focuses on working towards the conservation and protection of:
- the Critically Endangered Roloway monkey (Cercopithecus roloway) and Miss Waldron’s colobus (Procolobus waldroni);
- the Endangered white-naped mangabey (Cercocebus lunulatus);
- the Critically Endangered white-thighed black and white colobus (Colobus vellerosus)
These species are categorised according to the Red List of Threatened Species published by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Through our vision, we are looking for engaging, empowering and inspiring people for a sustainable country where both animals and humans fit in.
Where is WAPCA?
WAPCA is based in Accra, the capital of Ghana, however, our work is carried out within several Ghanaian regions, the south-eastern most point of Cote d'Ivoire and we also have an office in the U.K.
What we Do
Within Ghana, WAPCA has sites for both in situ and ex situ conservation research and education.
- We work with GH and Ivorians, especially with local people living on the fringe of protected areas.
- We use education to create awareness about threatened wildlife species across the world.
- We hold an Endangered Primate Breeding Centre in Accra, where we work with European zoos to increase genetic diversity within the captive white-naped mangabey population.
Please explore our website to discover more WAPCA activities and see how you can get involved!