Expert knowledge about tropical rainforest plants and animals is a rare but critical part of carrying out tropical forest research. In Cameroon, like many forested places, new students and scientists learn how to identify forest plants and to track wildlife from experienced wildlife biologists, park rangers, and people living in or near the forest. It takes many years to develop these skills, and such knowledge is not easy to distribute to a broad audience. The growing Internet presence in tropical regions combined with low-cost, easily-transportable recording equipment, now makes it possible to broadcast this information to a global audience. The Tropical Rainforest Education Experiment (TREE) was born from these innovations.
The goals of TREE are to show an international audience the amazing biodiversity of Cameroon, to introduce the public to Cameroonian tropical forest experts, and to teach student-scientists how to identify forest plants and animals. The TREE website presents short ‘how-to-identify-this’ videos and a photograph library. Currently, the videos and photographs are taken mostly at the Mbam & Djerem and Deng-Deng National Parks in central Cameroon.They are made by members of the Gonder Lab (University at Albany, State University of New York) and by Ruffin Dupplex Ambahe (Field Biologist, Wildlife Conservation Society – Cameroon).
Thank you for visiting the TREE website. We expect TREE to be a useful resource that will grow in the future to include other African tropical forests. We welcome your video and photograph additions. For questions or comments about the website or to submit content to the website, please visit the “Contact Us” page or send an email to Paul SesinkClee, at TREExperiment@gmail.com.