- The Gola Forest Reserves, which host the last significant patches of rainforest in Sierra Leone, spread east of Tiwai to the Liberian border
- At 12 sq kms, Tiwai is one of Sierra Leone’s largest inland islands
- Over 700 different plant species live on Tiwai
Research began on Tiwai in the early 1980s, with studies on primates, other mammals, forest dynamics etc. Research activities were based at a Field Research Station run collaboratively by Njala College (University of Sierra Leone), Hunter College (City University of New York), and the University of Miami. Scientists from bases in North America, Europe and Japan have visited the station. With the advent of the civil conflict in Sierra Leone, research activities came to a halt in the early 1990s.
However, post-conflict research began in 2004 and has been undertaken mainly by Sierra Leonean undergraduate and graduate students and has included a wide range of inventory – collecting baseline and comparative data on avifauna, a full inventory of the flora of Tiwai, rattans, ecotourism, gap analysis, monitoring of mammals through photo-trapping, reassessment of the primate population, amphibian and insect surveys.Research and materials related to Tiwai Island Find out more about Tiwai Island. We are offering a list of literature, films and other related materials.
In order to continue to gain a deep understanding of Tiwai’s special environment, a wide range of future biological research is encouraged. For more details see guidelines below: