(Granby) Granby Zoo has received the grand tour Saturday. The High Commissioner of the Republic of Cameroon in Canada, Solomon Azoh-MBI, and his family were passing the time with a guided tour by Patrick Pare, conservation and research director of the zoo.
Having been in contact with the Embassy of Cameroon in Ottawa briefly – time to have visas to oversee its conservation project at the Campo Ma’an park in Cameroon – Zoo invited the High Commissioner to come visit the facilities.
“The first project we wanted to do and for which we need ambassadors was to pay a Cameroonian student that he may come to study in Quebec at Concordia University for a project that would be done to the park there. To do this, you need embassies behind us because if not, he pays the price of foreign students is 4 to 5 times the price we pay to go to university, “said Patrick Paré.
An invitation was sent in April and although the case of the PhD is already set (see other article), the High Commissioner has replied. Mr. Paré received the call from the embassy to let him know that Mr. Azoh-mbi was ready to make a detour in Granby returning from Quebec on Saturday.
The High Commissioner arrived with his wife Mercy, Paula and Jay his children, his counterpart Ambassador of Cameroon in Belgium, Christiane Eloundou, on vacation in Canada, and his driver Peter Canuh. In particular, they had time to visit the section dedicated to Africa and were even able to learn about the animals found there.
“One of the first lessons we just learned is that elephants like the snow, commented with surprise Mr. Azoh-MBI. The zoo is quite large. I think it is extremely beautiful and a great lesson in terms of nature conservation and biodiversity. I am happy.”
Content, it was also for this partnership Granby Zoo with the Foundation for Environment and Development in Cameroon (FEDEC).
“The Granby Zoo is renowned in the world and I am quite happy to see the nature of this partnership and to work for its development.”
As revealed Voice of the East in April, the partnership signed in November with FEDEC enable the Zoo to participate in conservation and biodiversity enhancement Campo Ma’an National Park in Cameroon for five years.
“It is already a national park that is protected, but that lack of resources to enhance the conservation, education and awareness of surrounding communities. There are 110 communities around the park where there are many. There are indigenous communities, pygmy, says Pare. Gorillas, elephants, chimpanzees and mandrills monkeys, these are the four species that really shows as possible because we want to make the protection. ”
If poaching is not a critical problem in this park of Cameroon, elephants are hunted by farmers around the park, with an area five times larger than that of Montreal, since these behemoths destroy fields when out of the forest.
In the coming years, the Zoo will provide equipment and expertise. “We have many other projects around the 5-year agreement. It was an outreach project in schools in the villages, visit local residents, to cheer the whole vision of indigenous peoples. They have an incredible knowledge. Example, they make honey. To counter the elephants, they put the hives because they do not like bees. ”
“Imagine that the Pygmies help us install beehives as a natural barrier, Mr. Paré recalls enthusiastically. It helps farmers, honey is a lucrative product, they can eat, sell, it keeps the elephants to cross and it allows a partnership between indigenous and blacks living in towns nearby. ”
Moreover, to plan and continue operations, the Cameroonian organization sent representatives to Granby Friday when a meeting was held. Ultimately, the zoo planchera on a plan of attack to encourage ecotourism in Campo Ma’an Park.
A doctorate with a confirmed Cameroon
The partnership signed in November between the Granby Zoo and the Foundation for Environment and Development in Cameroon (FEDEC) is progressing well. New steps were taken. This is the case of the doctorate at Concordia University for a student from Cameroon. The subject of the thesis is decided and the candidates were calls it a week ago.
“We have already received proposals from students who want to do their doctorate here. We are super happy. The project is already out, indicated the conservation and research director at the Granby Zoo, Patrick Paré. It will play out on elephant-human conflict at farmers who are ransacking their fields on the outskirts of Campo Ma’an Park. This is a great project that will engage. ”
The student can study at Montreal through the involvement of the Canadian Embassy in Cameroon and his vis-a-vis in Ottawa. The school will be in Quebec, Concordia University, and the field work will be conducted in Cameroon, Campo Ma’an National Park.
The Zoo also attempt to join a university in Cameroon or Yaoundé, Douala or the School of wildlife to be a co-director. “And related to a doctorate, often made rulership. perhaps we will attach one or two master projects with students from there or here. ”
“We wanted it to be a student there because conditions are difficult there. If it is a Cameroonian is home, he has no problem with the food, shelter, warmth, weather. It’s the middle of life, he is accustomed. And we want to ensure that it returns to Cameroon to work one day, Paré says, laughing, for it to be a biologist, forester or veterinarian, whatever. ”