Our mission is to effectively preserve primate habitat in the Upper Guinean Rainforest of West Africa, which is under serious threat of destruction and promote the protection of Critically Endangered primates in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire.
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 Vulnerable 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 local Ghanaians and Ivorians who are involved in monitoring WAPCA activities, which may include taking research students into the field, teaching volunteers about our captive breeding programme and assisting our community-agriculture work.
- 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!