Samuel Abugiche Ajonina (2009)


Title of the dissertation

The Impacts of Bushmeat Hunting and Trade on Biodiversity in Cameroon: The Case of Banyang Mbo Wildlife Sanctuary


Gerhard Wiegleb & Herbert Hofer

Short Bio

Samuel is a PhD holder in Environmental Science (Environmental and Resource Management from BTU Cottbus, 2009. He gained employment with the University of Buea in March of 2010 and since then has been lecturing at the Department of Environmental Science. Samuel is a senior lecturer of Wildlife and Fisheries Ecology and conservation. He moved to Ontario Canada in 2015 and has been working at the conservation Education and Wildlife Research Unit of the Toronto Zoo.

Samuel was one of the pioneer founders of Cameroon Society for Sustainable Development of Natural Resources and Environmental Protect, an NGO founded in 2010 with the main goal of conserving our natural resources for future generations and also preaching and creating environmental stewardship among the communities in SW and NW Cameroon. Under his leadership as CEO of CASSDNREP a lot has been achieved from training university and college students on Mushroom cultivation, Snail Farming to Fish fingerling production and distribution and creation of environmental clubs in schools.

CASSDNREP also employed many of BTU Alumni into various disciplines. Samuel has published several papers as single author and co-author with both colleagues of Buea University and BTU Cottbus.

Samuel is presently the president of BTU Alumni SW and Littoral Regions of Cameroon and was coordinator for BTU & UB student abroad exchange program and represented UB for the partnership with BTU. He has carried out several joint projects with staffs of BTU Cottbus especially the Faculty of Environmental Law.

Samuel has interest in research related to wildlife and Fisheries Ecology, conservation and community capacity building and empowerment. He is currently employed by the Cameroon Ministry of Higher Education and presently is president of Canadian –Cameroon Ape Network (CCAN).

Future career plans: plans to build an environmental school in Buea Cameroon for hands–on training of youths in Environmental subjects with semester abroad.

Selected publications

2017,Ajonina S. Abugiche1, Terence O. Egute2 , Atud Cybelle1,The Role of Traditional Taboos and Custom as Complementary Tools in Wildlife Conservation within Mount Cameroon National Park Buea. International Journal of Natural Resource Ecology and Management 2(3): 60-68

 21 citations 2015: Taylor, G.; Scharlemann, J.P.W.; Rowcliffe, M.; Kumpel, N.; Harfoot, M.B.J.; Fa, J.E.;Melisch, R.; Milner-Gulland, E.J.; Bhagwat, S.A.; Abernethy, K.; Ajonina, A.S.; Albrechtsen, L.;Allebone-Webb, S; Brown, E.; Brugiere, D.; Clark, C.; Colell, M.; Cowlishaw, G.; Crookes, D.; De Merode, E.; Dupain, J.; East, T.; Edderai, D.; Elkan, P.; Gill, D.; Greengrass, E.; Hodgkinson, C.;Ilambu, O.; Jeanmart, P.; Juste, J.; Linder, J.M.; Macdonald, D. W.; Noss, A.J.; Okorie, P.U.; Okouyi, V.J.J.; Pailler, S.; Poulsen, J.R.; Riddell, M.; Schleicher, J.; Schulte-Herbrüggen, B.; Starkey, M.; Van Vliet, N.; Whitham, C.; Willcox, A.S.; Wilkie, D.S.; Wright, J.H.; Coad, L.M.:Synthesising bushmeat research effort in West and Central Africa: A new regional database. Biological Conservation 181: 199-205

2014  Ajonina S. A., Gerhard Wiegleb, Nkwatoh Athanasius Fuashi and Hofer Heribert Endangering the endangered: Are protected areas save heveans for threatened species in Cameroon?  Case of Banyang-Mbo Wildlife Sanctuary. South Western Cameroon. Journal of Ecology and the Natural Environment Vol 6(2) pp 44-55 February 2014

2013, Ajonina A. Samuel and R.E. Nyambi :Evaluation of growth response of Clarias gariepinus fingerling fed dried maggot as protein source: ISSN: 2319-7706 Volume 2 Number 5 (2013) pp. 123-129

(2012: Ajonina A. Samuel, Tatah L. Eugene: Growth Performance and Yield of Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus Ostreatus) on Different Substrates Composition in Buea South West Cameroon: Science Journal of Biochemistry Volume 2012 (2012), May 2012

What will you remember most of your time at BTU Cottbus and in the PhD Programme ERM?

I remember how difficult it was for me to go through the program with little or no funding. I had to work extra hard i.e. Odd jobs to be able to meet up with the demands of the program. I however, enjoyed the student seminar presentations that were very enriching.