International Journal of
Biodiversity and Conservation

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Biodivers. Conserv.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-243X
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJBC
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 625

Article in Press

Conservation challenges of the endemic Banded Wattle Eye and the Bannerman’s Turaco in the Njising -Tabenken forest, North Western Cameroon

Kari Jackson Bongnda,and Tamungang Awafor Simon

  •  Received: 28 June 2019
  •  Accepted: 06 April 2020
This study was carried out from August 2018 to February 2019 to determine the conservation challenges of Banded Wattle Eye and Bannerman’s Turaco in the Njising-Tabenken Forest. The study used point transects. Point stations had radius of 50m and measured 100m apart. Transects were 500m long and randomly stratified. Semi-structured questionnaires were used to collect additional information on conservation challenges. Results revealed a total number of 54 Bannerman’s Turaco and 18 Banded Wattle Eye individual species (giving a total of 72 species).. Bannerman’s Turaco individuals were estimated at 5.4/km2 and Banded Wattle individuals at 1.8/km2. From the 72 individual species, Bannerman’s Turaco had the highest number of individual species (n=32) during the dry season with Banded Wattle Eye recording the least number (n=8). In the rainy season Bannerman’s Turaco recorded 22 individual species while the Banded Wattle Eye recorded 10 individual species. Habitat assessment of the Njising-Tabenken forest showed a reduction of the forest with farming constituting the main anthropogenic threat. Despite the opinion of the 138 respondents (92%) out of 150 who said birds should be protected, avoidance of encroachment into the forest could be a better option to improve on the bird population within the seasons.

Keywords: Conservation, Challenges, Banded Wattle Eye, Bannerman’s Turaco, Njising-Tabenken Forest.