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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.


Cyrille Mvele

Student/Mentee

Cyrille is the co-founder of Organisation Ecotouristique du Lac Oguemoué (OELO), a non-profit research and conservation organization in central Gabon. His MENTOR-Manatee project, “The impact of manatee hunting and the bushmeat trade in the Ogooué region of Gabon”, is investigating where illegal hunting and trade are taking place, and looking for ways to stop it. Cyrille also has a similar project focused on the slender-snouted crocodile, for which he received a Conservation Leadership Program Award in 2015. Cyrille and his organization also run an ecotourism site, Tsam Tsam.

Cyrille Mvele, Student/Mentee - African Aquatic Conservation Fund

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