Although the Zoological Society of San Diego had long been conducting conservation research work in countries around the world, no one had yet “set up camp,” so to speak. In 2005, the Zoological Society's first permanent field research station was established in the Ebo Forest of Cameroon in Central Africa. The work at this station concentrated on studying the enormous biodiversity there, as well as finding ways to protect the forest species from poaching. The team of dedicated staff included people from the villages surrounding the forest, working with local communities to develop income-producing strategies that do not harm protected species. The Zoological Society also supported the fledging Organization of Ebo Chiefs to lead conservation initiatives and sustainable development into the future.