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MENTOR Manatee Fellowship Program

Dr. Lucy Keith Diagne, in cooperation with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Wildlife Without Borders Africa program, is leading the MENTOR-Manatee Fellowship Program (Mentoring for ENvironmental Training in Outreach and Resource Conservation). This three-year program (2015-2017) addresses the need for capacity building, threat assessment, and action in African manatee research and conservation in Central Africa. Fellows work on individual manatee projects, as well as two team projects documenting manatee hunting and the bushmeat trade, and manatee education programs for schools and the public. Through the MENTOR Fellowship Program, established in 2008, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Dr. Keith Diagne are investing in capacity building and career development of emerging conservation leaders to build a network of Central African wildlife professionals who can lead research and conservation efforts, reduce illegal manatee bushmeat exploitation at local and regional levels, and lead educational campaigns focused on the manatee throughout Central Africa.


Aristide Kamla Takoukam

Student/Mentee

After completing his Bachelor and Master’s degrees at the University of Dschang, Cameroon, Aristide is working on his PhD at the University of Florida. He received a Fulbright Scholarship towards his doctorate and Dr. Keith Diagne serves on his academic committee. Aristide’s doctoral research focuses on spatio-temporal variations in the genetic structure, diet and habitat suitability and their implications for the conservation of the African manatee in the lower Sanaga River watershed, Cameroon. Aristide is also the founder and director of the non-profit African Marine Mammal Conservation Organization (AMMCO). Aristide’s MENTOR-Manatee project is “Enhancing the local perception of the African manatee in Lake Ossa Wildlife Reserve, Cameroon through education programs”.

Aristide Kamla Takoukam, Student/Mentee - African Aquatic Conservation Fund

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