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AWA Edmonton Talk—Cameroon: An Evaluation of its Biodiversity

Nov 4 2015 - 7:00pm

Wilderness Around the World Speaker Series
Sponsored by the Wildbird General Store & Jackson Power

Dr. David Simbo will lead you through the wilds of Cameroon and explore the country’s amazing diversity of plants and animals!

Cameroon, a biologically diverse nation in Central Africa, is located at 3.9°N and 11.5°E with a land area of 473,000 square km. Cameroon has 6 different ecological zones (the humid tropical rainforest, highland plateau, the Adamawa highlands, the Benue valley and extreme northern plains, farmlands and secondary forests). The tropical rainfall forests is characterized by dense tropical moist forest with high rainfall (up to 4000 ml in some areas) while the Adamawa highland, Benue valley and northern plains are characterized by low rainfall (Sahelian zones). Mount Cameroon which rises from the sea to an altitude of 4090 m above sea level blocks moisture from the Atlantic ocean which falls back to as rain. Average rainfall around this area is about 4000 ml per year while it reaches up to 10,000 ml in Debuncha, making it one of the rainiest places on earth. The diverse altitudinal ranges and rainfall makes it possible for a wide range of endemic birds, plants and animals to thrive in the small area. These include the endangered giant goliath frog (Conraua goliath) which weighs up to 3.5 kg, Pfeffer’s chameleon (Trioceros pfefferi), Preuss’s red Colobus (Procolobus preussi) among others.

Cost: Donations accepted at the door
Time: Talk starts at 7:00 PM (Doors open at 6:30pm)

 

Location

Jackson Power & Electric Ltd.
9744 60 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB

Posted October 29, 2015 by AEN

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