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Where are Gola's Pygmy Hippos?

Posted on July 23, 2015 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

The Gola Rainforest National Park's Research and Monitoring team finalised a report to long-term supporter Basel Zoo about the status of Pygmy Hippos inside and immediately around the GRNP. The distribution of Pygmy Hippo records showcases the importance of the Gola REDD Project since the latter focuses on the National Park as well as the 'leakage belt' (~4km outside the GRNP). The success of the Gola REDD Project will therefore greatly support the conservation of the Pygmy Hippo.  

Gola-Liberia: hippos & chimps!

Posted on June 3, 2015 at 6:40 AM Comments comments (2)

Our partners in Liberia for the GolaMA project (EU-funded) have discovered the very first signs of Pygmy Hippos in the project area! They also found the very first chimp nests there to. All very exciting news, so all our congratulations to the Society for the Conservation of Nature of Liberia (SCNL, BirdLife Liberia) and RSPB (BirdLife UK). The field site requires 9 hrs drive from Monrovia and crossing >30 bridges such as this one.


Passionate cyclist for Gola

Posted on May 25, 2015 at 7:00 AM

This summer one man will take on a challenge of a lifetime and cycle 781km and climbing 21,900 meters in seven days for Gola!


Cellan Michael works for RSPB and will take part in the Haute Route cycling challenge, and is aiming to raise £5,000.00 for the Gola Rainforest National Park which is jointly managed by the Conservation Society of Sierra Leone (BirdLife in Sierra Leone), the Government of Sierra Leone and the RSPB (BirdLife in the UK). The money will be match funded by Size of Wales, since Gola is one of the flagship projects for this charity which aims to conserve the equivalent of the size of Wales in tropical rainforest. Since 2010 Size of Wales has been working with RSPB to help protect the Gola Rainforest, and has contributed nearly £70,000 to its conservation.


The Haute Route is a prestigious seven-day road race, across Europe’s iconic cols such as Col d’Izoard, Col du Galibier and Col du Telegraphe . Cellan who cycles in his spare time says: “I’ve never done anything as challenging as this before. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and although I’m nervous at the scale of the adventure, I’m also excited at the same time.”


Cycling 781km and climbing 21,900 metres in seven days, the Haute Route is regarded as one of the highest and toughest cyclosportives in the world. He adds: “This is a massive challenge, but I’m going to try and enjoy it. I’ve been in training since the start of the year and with the support of my family and friends I’m sure I’ll make it across the finish line in Geneva, and I might even get to see some great alpine wildlife too!”


The Gola Forest, like you've never seen it

Posted on May 22, 2015 at 6:45 AM

Airborne imagery is a very powerful tool for decision making for protected area management. We have used this amazing technology to evaluate carbon storage, productivity and disturbance over a small section of the Gola forest and generated information on habitat structure that is being used in modelling the distribution of endangered wildlife. This work is the result of a partnership between GRNP, the University of Cambridge, RSPB and the University of Tor Vergata. 

Pygmy Hippo still on the go!

Posted on May 20, 2015 at 6:35 AM

With the Ebola outbreak, the Research and Monitoring team of the Gola Rainforest National Park had to stop activities very suddenly last year and had no choice than to leave camera traps behind. The team has now resumed their work in full and retrieved some of these camera traps, despite some being stolen and others damaged beyond repair because of the humidity. When going through the imagery, we had this fantastic picture of a Pygmy Hipp within the National Park! An encouraging and positive note in the Ebola recovery context.  

SCNL's New website

Posted on May 13, 2015 at 9:50 AM

The Society for the Conservation of Nature of Liberia has a brand new website, It includes a dedicated section on our collaborative efforts to conserve Liberia's share of the Gola Forest,  funded by the European Union which you can find here

Gola is on Twitter

Posted on May 12, 2015 at 9:50 AM

Gola is now on Twitter, @golarainforest. Please follow us to get all the latest news from the Greater Gola Landscape, whether it be in Sierra Leone or Liberia! Happy tweet!

Resuming our work in full & a new species!

Posted on April 10, 2015 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Beyond Ebola

The past year has been one of the most difficult years for the Gola team and the forest edge communities ever since the programme started. The Ebola outbreak has been responsible for over 10,000 deaths across West Africa, having huge longer term repercussions. However, 2 of the 3 Gola districts have been declared Ebola-free and the third has had no new cases in the last weeks, which is why we are now resuming our work in full. Everyone has attended extensive Health and Safety trainings and we shall be acting with great caution and keep monitoring any developments very carefully. Our first task will be to assess the longer term impacts of this crisis and sadly threats from unsustainable and unlawful activities are likely to increase as they offer short-term gains to desparate local communities. The threat for such practices is of particular concern and will require our full attention. 2015 promises to be a pivotal year for Gola and will also mark a 25th anniversary! In the meantime, our partners from Kew informed us that a species previously collected had now been identified as Sericanthe adamii (N.Hallé) Robbr (Rubiaceae), a very rare species which we believe to be the very first record for Sierra Leone!



Gola @ World Parks Congress

Posted on November 15, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Gola is featuring at the World Parks Congress  which takes place every 10 years. It  is a landmark global forum on protected areas. The Congress shares knowledge and innovation, setting the agenda for protected areas conservation for the decade to come. Building on the theme "Parks, people, planet: inspiring solutions", it presents, discusses and creates original approaches for conservation and development, helping to address the gap in the conservation and sustainable development agenda. 

Gola's Ebola

Posted on November 14, 2014 at 6:55 AM Comments comments (0)

The Gola team has been training with aid organisations on the ground in order to distribute vital relief parcels to the hard-hit communities around the Gola Rainforest. Since the beginning of the epidemic, the price of basic commodities, such as rice, have sky-rocketed in Sierra Leone, and these relief parcels really are a life line to the local communities who would struggle to provide for themselves without them.