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Forest guards Clement Zounmenou (left) and Dominic Hounton in a small sacred forest grove near the village of Dekanme along the Oueme River.<br />
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What was once a forest has dwindled to a grove of less than 1ha, which local NGO ODDB (Organisation pour le Developpement Durable et la Biodiversite/ Organisation for Sustainable Development and Biodiversity), the organiser of the survey, is working with villagers to protect and restore. Though small, the grove is home to a colony of endangered bats.