Centre for Education, Research & Conservation of Primates and Nature (CERCOPAN)
Founded in 1995 by Canadian Zena Tooze, CERCOPAN is now one of the leading environmental non-profit, non-government organisations working for conservation in Cross River State, Nigeria, with excellent relationships with government at both state and federal levels, and with a support organisation in the UK. CERCOPAN's primary areas of work are primate rehabilitation, environmental education, community rainforest conservation, and research. CERCOPAN has two sites, its administrative and primate rehabilitation headquarters in Calabar, and its international research and education centre at Rhoko, Iko Esai. Partners include the Cross River State Forestry Commission, the Cross River National Park and the University of Calabar.
CERCOPAN works with communities on the border of the Oban Division of the Cross River National Park. The focus of their work is on primates, but not specifically on great apes. They promote sustainable resource use – through environmental education programmes and alternative livelihood projects. They also provide employment in conservation activities (patrols, primate care and rehabilitation), and generate tourism royalties for the community.