More than 270 bird species, including 14 globally threatened are found at Gola.
They include Rufous Fishing-owl Scotopelia ussheri, Gola Malimbe Malimbus ballmanni (both Endangered), and the Green-tailed Bristlebill Bleda eximius and White-necked Picathartes Picathartes gymnocephalus (both Vulnerable), the latter a charismatic species recognised as a symbol of African conservation.
Update June 2013: here.
In September 2013, the Research Unit of the European Commission funded “Across the River – a Transboundary Peace Park for Sierra Leone and Liberia” project released its final report on the research conducted from January 2010 to March 2013 in the Gola forest: here.
The Conservation Society of Sierra Leone (CSSL) through the support of the Wildlife Clubs of Africa project has established 7 new Nature Clubs and rejuvenated 10 old Clubs in the Western and Eastern Provinces of the country respectively. This laudable initiative is in line with CSSL’s long term goal of expanding conservation and environmental education activities to cover many more pupils and students through school Nature Club establishment: here.
- ‘Hands-on heroes’: on patrol with Gola forest rangers (guardian.co.uk)
- Conservation groups protest lifting of Sierra Leone timber export ban (africareview.com)
- Sierra Leone’s dilemma: There’s gold under those trees (csmonitor.com)
- First mission to Sierra Leone by the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion (newstimeafrica.com)
- UNESCO recognizes heritage sites in Sierra Leone (sierraexpressmedia.com)
- Surviving malaria in an African wilderness (bbc.co.uk)