MEET THE PEOPLE BEHIND PROJECT WILD GAMBIA
In view of the wide range of species/issues that we work on, we have specialist “species leads” to coordinate the research and conservation efforts for “their” species. Their role is to oversee the research on each group and feedback to the team on any latest developments on their group/species such as exciting results elsewhere or new developments in methods that we might want to consider. They maintain and analyse our databases for their groups, allowing the team to respond immediately to any new findings in our efforts to conserve “their” species.
Rebecca is a skilful primatologist with plenty of experience studying threatened monkeys and apes around the world, including our Temminck's red colobus research since 2016. Rebecca is also a coordinator for the Mountain Marmoset Conservation Program and works with the Long-Tailed Macaque Project. She has a degree in animal conservation science and an MSc in primate conservation.
Sarah is a marine biologist with extensive experience in surveying marine mammals for many organisations. Sarah is an expert in the rescue and rehabilitation of marine life and is a regional coordinator for both the British Divers Marine Life Rescue and the Sea Watch Foundation! She is a qualified scientific diver and co-leader of the whale research program for SEDNA Epic Expeditions focusing on studying the behaviour of killer whales in the High Arctic!
Get to know our small, close-knit team and our partners from the UK and The Gambia brought together in our mission to study and conserve The Gambia's wildlife.
Dr Roy Armstrong
Founder, Director & Head of Research
Logistics & Operations Manager
Warden & Conservation Officer at Pirang-Bonto Community forest Park
Programme Coordinator & Zoologist
Programme Coordinator & Zoologist
Field Expeditions Manager
Ornithologist Field Guide
Field guide & Research Support
We have a close working relationship with the West African Bird Study Association (WABSA), including their director Lamin Jobaate (photographed above).
We support the vital work of Communities for Red Colobus Project (C4RC) on colobus monkeys and forests. All of the colobus data we collect goes to them for their ongoing monitoring.
We support Brendan, Jenny and everyone at Gunjur Project in their excellent efforts to strengthen conservation and communities in the Gunjur area.
We support and contribute to the important education and practical work of the Young Wildlife Conservation group; a group of like-minded and dedicated students led by their passionate teacher and environmental activist, Baxzy Sanyang (photographed above).
For everyone joining one of our trips, a significant contribution is made to environmental and social projects in The Gambia. This includes not only the carbon offsetting scheme which is supporting reforesting but other projects such as educational trips for local schools and communities to learn about and appreciate the importance of wildlife.
We create new forest areas and restore degraded forests by, for example, adding key native species (such as grey plum and mahogany), creating waterholes and fencing to prevent overgrazing.
Rural communities directly benefit through the income generated by these reserves from eco-tourism and the sustainable use of forest products.
Germination and growth rates are recorded and analysed allowing "best practice" guidelines to be shared throughout the region to ensure conservation measures are most successful.