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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.


Constant Ndjassi Ndjeunda

Student/Mentee

Constant has a fisheries background and for his MENTOR-Manatee project, he is focusing on fish species in African manatee diet and the impacts to manatees from fisheries in Lake Ossa and the lower Sanaga River, Cameroon. Constant completed his Master’s degree at the Institute of Fishery Sciences, University of Douala in 2015 and he is now employed by the Zoological Society of London at their field station at Lake Ossa, Cameroon.

Constant Ndjassi Ndjeunda, Student/Mentee - African Aquatic Conservation Fund

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