Mr. Ibrahim Abu-Bakarr holds a BSc degree in Biological Sciences and an MSc degree in Environmental Biology from the University of Sierra Leone. He also holds Certificates in Tropical Ecology and Conservation from Kibale Forest, Uganda and in Sustainable Environmental Management from the University of California, Berkeley, USA. His academic training is also complemented by targeted training in wildlife assessment and survey methodologies. His research and career interests include Wildlife ecology and conservation with emphasis on primates and other large mammals, tropical rainforest and fragmentation, protected area and natural resource management. He has more than ten years of experience in biodiversity conservation and research especially in my native Sierra Leone and was a key part of the year long Environmental Impact Assessment of the recently inaugurated Bumbuna Hydroelectric Project in Sierra Leone. He is presently coordinating the United States Fish and Wildlife Service funded project at Njala University on Strengthening Leadership for Conservation in Sierra Leone and Liberia through Research and Training on the Western Chimpanzee, Pan troglodytes verus.