Ekwoge Abwe, M.S.

Manager, Ebo Forest Research Project

Ekwoge Abwe serves San Diego Zoo Global in a consultant capacity as Manager of the Central Africa Program’s Ebo Forest Research Project. His major role is to coordinate research activities at our two field stations in the Ebo forest, and to guide conservation education and outreach in the communities around the Ebo forest. Ekwoge is passionate about primates, particularly great apes, and was the first to witness chimpanzees smashing nuts in Cameroon – a new behavioral discovery for the Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzee.

Ekwoge earned his bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of Yaoundé 1 in Cameroon. He then taught at secondary school before starting a conservation career with WWF Cameroon as a GIS specialist. He subsequently joined the Central Africa Program, working in the Ebo forest on a number of tropical forest primates, including chimpanzees, gorillas, and drills. In 2009, he earned his master’s degree in Primate Conservation at Oxford Brookes University, UK, winning a habitat country scholarship in the process.

Ekwoge has been honored with the prestigious Whitley Fund for Nature Award for his grassroots efforts to engage local communities in gorilla conservation in the Ebo forest. He is currently studying for his doctoral degree at Drexel University, Philadelphia, with a primary focus on how genetic and ecological variation are linked with the behavioral ecology of the Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzee.