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Cameroon, 2007
52 min
​At the foot of a volcano in South West Cameroon, a British scientist discovered a dense tropical forest, miraculously preserved
The African continent still contains numerous unexplored regions. Recently, one of these lostworlds was discovered in Cameroon, by a British researcher from the Kew Royal BotanicalGardens. At the foot of a volcano, Martin Cheek discovered a dense tropical forest, miraculously preserved and full of endemic plant species. In only a few expeditions, his team man-aged to inventory over two hundred previously unknown plant species, including orchids,types of coffee plants, and fig-trees.

Their discoveries attracted the attention of other NGO’s, including CRES, an organizationdedicated to the preservation of endangered animal species. Upon exploring this region,CRES members discovered that it constituted one of the rare sanctuaries where large, silver-faced monkeys called Drills, the cousins of the Mandrill, still live. In 1996, the Drill was designated by the IUCN as the African species most in need of protection.

Following the steps of the botanist, Martin Cheek, and the primatologist, Bethan Morgan, weexplore the enchanting region that surrounds Mount Manengouba – a volcano that has stooddormant for millenia. There, we discover its incredible floral and faunal richness as well aslandscapes straight out of an Arthur Conan Doyle novel.  We also encounter the Bakossis, anative tribe which believes that each tree of the forest houses the spirit of one of its ancestors, and which fights tirelessly to preserve its region from the increasingly numerous attacksof deforestation.