Volunteering at SCC


Volunteering at SCC

Both long- and short- term volunteering opportunities exist at SCC for national and international applicants. At this initial stage the work of volunteers are vital to the growth of the Centre.

Volunteers are needed to help with coordinating the yearly bio-monitoring survey and to conduct trainings on community livelihood alternatives, particularly in permaculture and business management. Volunteers are also required to provide training to students and forest rangers in computer skills, data management and geographic information system (GIS) as well as ecological methods.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the SCC manager Dr. Mary Molokwu on Mary.Molokwu@fauna-flora.org



Information for researchers

Information for researchers

If you are interested in conducting your research at SCC, please do get in touch with the Center Manager if you have any questions (although also see our FAQ page). The formal application process is detailed below.

Applying for a place at SCC

A research proposal (max 5 A4 pages) should be sent to the Centre Manager at least three months prior to the proposed starting date of the research project for approval from the SCC Steering Committee. This proposal should include the following information:

  • The aim of the study and the methods of investigation to be used
  • Timing and duration of the study,
  • Equipment provided by the researcher,
  • Equipment/facilities/personnel sought from the Centre (including local expertise and field assistants)
  • Anticipated outputs and outcomes

The researcher will be alerted within 4 weeks of submission if accommodation and other research facilities are available at the time of the proposed research project.

The Centre will provide logistical and technical support as agreed to support the agreed research topic. In turn, the researcher will be expected to:

  • Keep the centre informed if there are any significant changes in the research proposal
  • Adhere to regulations on the use of Centre facilities (provided upon request from the Centre Manager)
  • Involve a national researcher in the research project, with a view to knowledge exchange, as part of SCC’s mentor scheme
  • Submit a detailed report at the end of the research project (If the research is conducted as part of thesis research, the thesis can be submitted)

More details on regulations on use of Centre facilities and other issues may be requested from the Centre Manager Dr Mary Molokwu on SCC@fauna-flora.org.

Training Opportunities


Training is a focus of the SCC, with the intent to build conservation capacity in Liberia. There are a range of training opportunities available to national and international applicants at the Sapo Conservaiton Centre:

Training of Trainers (ToT)
Field Course
Workshops and Seminars
Bio-monitoring course

Facilities and Fees


Facilities and Fees

The research centre will provide administrative and logistical support to students and researchers conducting research in Sapo and environs. A research centre office and camp site are available to researchers. The Research Centre consists of four offices, a store room and a small auditorium where lectures and meetings may be held. electricity is provided by a generator and internet facilities are available for specific periods of the day.The camp site, which serves as accommodation is made up of comfortable, insect screened tents mounted over platforms and shaded from the elements with kitchen and dining facilities provided. Bathroom facilities are basic but comfortable, featuring compost latrines.

If requested and prearranged, Meals can be provided by a camp site catering team. Laundry services can also be provided for a small fee.

Fees: To be confirmed. Please contact the Centre Manager in the interim.



Who can come to Sapo Conservation Centre?
Researchers, students, Conservation professionals, school groups, research groups etc… 

Do volunteers get training?
Yes. Volunteers participate in tasks and workshops at the SCC and learn from practical as well as theoretical examples.

How do I apply to the SCC?
Email scc@fauna-flora.org with your details, i.e. what ado you want to do there: research, train, or volunteer.

I am not Liberian. Can I volunteer at the Sapo Conservation Centre?
Yes. International volunteers are welcome. An authentic experience in a Liberian rural setting awaits them.

I am a Liberian. Can I apply to do research at the Sapo Conservation Centre? 
Yes. Liberian researchers are welcome. Partnership opportunities are available if applicable.

How do I submit my picture of Liberian fauna/flora to the website? 

Email it to scc@fauna-flora.org with your name in the title line, and a description of the organism and location in the body.

As a graduating senior at a local University, what are my options at the SCC?
Internships and volunteer and training opportunities are available. Participation in ongoing projects is also a possibility.

I have a conservation-related question about Liberia that is not on the website or in these FAQs. Who do I do?
Email scc@fauna-flora.org with your question. If the answer is on the site, you may not receive a response.

Current Research Activities

Current Research Activities

Sapo Conservation Centre creates the environment and opportunity for researchers from within Liberia and all over the world to feel at home while exploring the region. In order to gain a deeper understanding of the unique environment of the Sapo area, a wide range of research topics are encouraged, covering biological, ecological, social or economic issues.

A report identifying knowledge gaps in the biodiversity of SNP has documented past research projects and future research opportunities and priorities in SNP. The report can be downloaded here.

Research conducted recently in the region include the following:

  • A 4 year camera trapping study in partnership with ZSL and the FDA to monitor changes in the community of ground dwelling terrestrial vertebrates designed and implemented. Results include the first picture of a Liberian Pygmy Hippopotamus (Choeropsis liberiensis) in the wild, and the first evidence of Liberian Mongoose in Sapo.
  • In partnership with the Department of research ecology at Wageningen University, vegetation mapping and botanical surveys have been conducted at Sapo National Park to provide an improved understanding of its botanical resources, whilst simultaneously improving national capacity for botanical surveying. One species of snail (Maizaniella sapoensis) and 17 botanical species new to science have so far been discovered.
  • A two year study on the West African Chimpanzee was recently completed by the Max-Planck Institute inside Sapo National Park.
  • A crocodilian study confirmed the presence of slender-snouted crocodiles (Mecistops cataphractus) and African Dwarf crocodiles (Osteolaemus tetraspis) in the Sapo region
  • Two butterfly surveys identified 244 species, of which 7 were new to Liberia and comprised one new to science.
  • Comprehensive analysis of the potential for developing alternatives to bushmeat hunting and trade in the livelihood portfolios of communities in the Sapo region
  • Study on non-timber forest products in communities around Sapo National Park
  • Study of historical and contemporary artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) in and around Sapo National Park