WWF has been working in the TRIDOM, a group of three transborder forests covering 178,00 sq kms of the Congo Basin rainforest in Cameroon, the Republic of Congo and Gabon, for over 20 years. The area is a large mammal stronghold, but is under threat from logging and mining concessions, the impact of new roads and poaching.
Pauwel De Wachter, WWF Central Africa Coordinator, stands on the new road Chinese engineers are building between Oesso and Sembe in northern Congo that cuts right through virgin forest.
Small-scale mining for gold, north west Congo. Here a miner shows a flake of gold he has just recovered.
A community of Baka pygmy people, Sieh village, northern Congo. Some pygmy communities have been excluded from forest reserves because of poaching. However, studies by the World Bank have found that when traditional communities are given title to their land they protect the environment efficiently and cheaply.
A member of team of road engineers building a major new road through virgin forest in northern Congo with two animals that their bulldozer uncovered and he just killed for bush-meat.
Ecoguards burn down an illegal poachers' camp in the Odzala-Kokoua National Park, northern Congo. No hunting is allowed in this area.
A poacher stopped by the ecoguards is carrying bushmeat in the Odzala-Kokoua National Park, northern Congo. He had commissioned local people to hunt for him and had given them the ammunition to do so.
A bi-national group of ecoguards from Cameroon and Gabon patrol the Dja river and the Mesok Dja National Park, looking for evdience of wildlife poaching. The Dja river forms the boundry between Cameroon and Congo.
Ecoguards listen for the sounds of monkeys and other wild-life during a dawn patrol looking for signs of poachers in the Messok Dja National Park.
Two day old forest elephant dung on an elephant trail through the forest in the Messok Dja National Park.
Ekodek Gatien, WWF Park ranger in the Lobeke National Park, southern Cameroon, with guns and ivory captured from poachers.
A mobile logging crew cut timber from a large hardwood tree in southern Cameroon. The local community agreed to fell this old tree and will share in the sale of the timber.
A logging truck carrying high value hardwood from a timber concession in southern Cameroon drives through a small town in the forest.
Ivory confiscated from poachers and smugglers by Cameroon's Ministry of Forests and Wildlife is held in secret store in the capital.
Mary, an eco-guard in Cameroon, is recovering from serious injury following an armed attach by poachers. After several months in hospital she is now going back at work.
In Libraville, Gabon, ecoguards from the National Parks Agency patrol the river estuary for illegal fishing.
Ecoguards from the National Parks Agency Libraville, Gabon confiscate illegally caught fish from poachers.