The following non-governmental organisations (NGOs) currently do extremely worthwhile and important work at a local level. Details for voluntary work and/or donations are on their respective websites.

CERCOPAN www.cercopan.org. Working in Cross River State, the main area of work is primate rehabilitation, environmental education & community rainforest conservation. HQ in Calabar & research & education centre at Rhoko Forest.

Pandrillus www.pandrillus.org. Primate breeding programme for endangered drills & orphaned chimpanzees in Cross River State. HQ in Calabar & forest sanctuary at Afi Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary.

Nigerian Conservation Foundation www.ncfnigeria.org. The main NGO for conservation & sustainable development in Nigeria supporting projects throughout the country.

(Photo: Children showing the banana harvest © Terry Sunderland, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR))