We returned to Limbe Wildlife Centre anxious to follow-up on things we had seen and learned. As it turns out Limbe is not just a home for orphaned animals, but an important center for learning, and specifically for addressing the bushmeat trade, through education.
First visit was to a class presented by Wilson Ateh, one of the Centre’s award-winning employees. What happened in class was remarkable…Wilson was electrifying, and the students fully engaged and excited about the material. Today’s lecture was on water and water borne disease. Class was launched with a song and dance about the environment — a uniquely African teaching dynamic — then rolled directly into a very participatory lecture with kids eagerly offering up what they had learned. Ateh’s material was current, relevant, and inspirational.
Wilson has helped Limbe establish one of the most successful and comprehensive conservation education programs in Africa, and in so doing has won the International Primate Society’s Charles Southwick Conservation Education Commitment Award. [Sunni Black]
PHOTOS: Wilson Ateh, Four Students
PHOTOGRAPHER: Sunni Black
SOUND RECORDING: Bill Toone