Commonwealth NGOs
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bullet2 Centre for Education, Research and Conservation of Primates and Nature

4 Ishie Lane

c/o Housing Estate P.O. Box 826


Cross River State




Type:  NGO   

Scope:  national   

Interest in Forestry:  peripheral


CERCOPAN was founded in 1995 by Canadian Zena Tooze, with a name [derived from the two genera of forest monkeys Cercopithecus and Cercocebus, and pan [meaning all in Greek], 11 rescued primates, one local staff, one volunteer and an annual budget of approximately $4,000US. Originally a sanctuary for confiscated primates, which addressed a real need as the newly promulgated National Park carried out confiscations, CERCOPAN today is very much more than a sanctuary.

In 2004 CERCOPAN now has a new name: Centre for Education, Research and Conservation Of Primates And Nature, chosen to more accurately reflect the organisation`s work, a staff of over 30 [including 4 international volunteers and 28 Nigerian staff] and an annual budget over $100,000US. Over 100 primates have been rescued through donations or confiscations by officials and are in varying stages of rehabilitation, we have had successful breeding in several groups, and we have a thriving environmental education programme in 4 local government areas and 34 schools in Cross River State. We have also prioritized working with communities towards forest protection, land management and protection of endangered species, and research in our programming.

Our Mission:  To conserve Nigeria’s primates through sustainable rainforest conservation, community education, primate rehabilitation and research

As a Nigerian Non Governmental Organization, CERCOPAN seeks to work locally to influence, encourage and assist all stakeholders in Nigerian rainforests to conserve biodiversity of nature, particularly primates and ensure sustainable use of natural resources. did not work.