American Journal of Environment Studies <p>American Journal of Environment Studies is an open access journal hosted by AJPO Journals USA LLC. The journal aims at promoting understanding of vital environmental concerns, seek publication of major behavior of upcoming contaminant, effect of human activities on environment, human exposure to environment contamination, its effect and control. The journal being of high factor is also a hub for all those who seek to make the earth a better place. Its indexed in google scholar, Crossref (DOI), Ebscohost, Research Gate among others.</p> AJPO Journals Limited en-US American Journal of Environment Studies 2790-5594 <p>Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a <a href="">Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) 4.0 License</a> that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgment of the work’s authorship and initial publication in this journal.</p> Distribution of Dwarf Crocodile (Osteolaemus Tetraspis Cope, 1861) Populations on the Outskirts of the Ebo Forest: Implications for Conservation <p><strong>Purpose:</strong> The study was carried out in three riparian areas of the Ebo forest (Iboti, Lognanga and Ndokmem-North zones) to determine the distribution and status of dwarf crocodiles, and environmental factors influencing their distributions. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Materials and Methods:</strong> Survey on the various listed sites were carried out during the months of April, May and June 2023. The Qgis software was used to produce the distribution map of dwarf crocodiles in the periphery of the Ebo forest from the coordinates recorded at 11 water points using a GPS and 37 fishermen/ hunters were interview.</p> <p><strong>Findings:</strong> The species were classified according to their status defined according to the IUCN red list protocol. The study showed that of the 11 water points studied, 6 were home to dwarf crocodiles, representing a proportion of 54.54%. Although we did not observed dwarf crocodiles in the watercourses in the Iboti zone, their presence is more established in the Lognanga zone (60%) than in the Ndokmem-north zone (40%). The average density of dwarf crocodiles in the periphery of the Ebo forest is around 0.50 crocodiles/km of riverbank covered. This implies that the population of dwarf crocodiles is decreasing and there is high need to increase conservation efforts to protect it from disappearing within the Ebo forest area.</p> <p><strong>Implications to Theory, Practice and Policy:</strong> To guarantee the survival and viability of crocodiles in the periphery of the Ebo forest, it is necessary to opt for organic agriculture, monitoring the quality of rivers and water bodies and regular ecological monitoring of crocodiles.</p> Agbor James Ayamba Tsiaze Kuete Thomas Harrison Nnoko Ajebe Ndjounguep Juscar Prossie Manual Venceslas Copyright (c) 2024 Agbor James Ayamba, Tsiaze Kuete Thomas, Harrison Nnoko Ajebe, Ndjounguep Juscar, Prossie Manual Venceslas 2024-02-09 2024-02-09 7 1 1 14 10.47672/ajes.1768