My name is Manka’a Grace Niba a postgraduate student from the ERuDeF Institute of Biodiversity and Non Profit Studies. On January 3 rd 2017, I received a call from the Director of ERuDeF Institute Madam Akeh Nug telling me that I have been given the opportunity to work with the Environment and Rural Development Foundation (ERuDeF) as a Junior Biologist under the Department of Conservation. This information was received with delight as I have been waiting for the opportunity to exercise the skills I have acquired at the ERuDeF Institute as a Wildlife Manager. I am happy with the opportunity since I am part of one of Cameroon’s leading conservation NGO.

My three months stay in the organization has been amazing. I am able to put the skills I acquired at the Institute especially those I acquired during my postgraduate research on Goliath frog in Mount Nlonako. The skills I acquired are now helping me to carry out my responsibilities in the office and in the field. For instance the many field trips I took to the Tofala Hills Wildlife Sanctuary while at the Institute is now helping me to conduct biomonitoring; from drafting field budget to the actual data collection in the field to analyzing and writing of field reports. I am also happy as the organization is helping me specialise in amphibian studies.

By Manka’a Grace