DRUMMING SUPPORT FOR THE CONSERVATION OF ELEPHANTS IN NIGERIA

Wednesday, 14 August 2019 07:43

Nigeria has for long featured prominently among nations with spectacular landscapes and heritage sites that are of immense significance to biodiversity conservation. These among other factors have earned us global recognition and endeared a host of institutions to embrace animal and plant symbols as its corporate identity. There may be diverse opinions on the values such insignias play in the emergence and growth of business entities. Nevertheless, the use of nature-inspired insignia has facilitated the long-term brand impression, appreciation and patronage received by business owners. 

 

Two subspecies of the African Elephants (sometimes considered as 2 separate species) with an estimated population of about 300 individuals are currently living in the wild in Nigeria. The Forest Elephants occupy the lowland tropical forests of Southern Nigeria, while the Savannah Elephants make use of the vast woodland/grassland ecosystems North of the country mostly in protected areas. Efforts to preserve these animals in their home ranges are spearheaded by the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) – with support from various State governments, local communities and other corporate bodies. 

 

The increasing interests and supports from corporate institutions towards sustainable practices and actions have added to the expansion of conservation influence in Nigeria. Expectedly, these efforts did pay off with the near-zero mortality rates recorded for the elephants in recent times. Nevertheless, sustained actions are needed to halt the indiscriminate habitat destruction and human-wildlife conflicts (HWC) triggering unpredictable behaviour and movements of Nigeria’s elephants out of known home ranges.

 

Enhancing civic awareness and galvanising wide-ranging supports for the elephants is visibly the practical pathway to tow. Nigeria, therefore, joins the rest of the world to commemorate the 2019 World Elephant Day on 12th August.  The theme “Bringing the world together to help elephants” resonates with emerging facts that Nigeria’s elephants need collaborative engagements to survive beyond this generation. 

 

Consequently, NCF is drumming supports from individuals and corporate bodies, especially those whose brand adornments promote natural features to lend their corporate existence and influence to help the cause of elephant conservation in Nigeria. Several modules for the commemoration are presently undergoing deliberation to create awareness and garner supports for the elephants and local communities where HWC is predominant. Again, an opportunity is glaringly presented to enlist more influencers among the armies of individuals and institutions turning the tides in favour of the planet and its components.  

 

Celebrate Eid El-Kabir at Lekki Conservation Centre

Thursday, 08 August 2019 15:21

Visit the Lekki Conservation Centre to celebrate with your loved ones. 
Enjoy nature at it's best!!! 

NCF, NPS Launch Fruit Trees Planting in Community Schools

Tuesday, 30 July 2019 13:40

The need to build the culture of tree planting and re-greening the environment birthed the tree planting project in Udo community, Ovia South-West Local Government Area, Edo State. 

 

The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) in partnership with National Parks Service (NPS) will embark on fruit trees planting in some selected community schools in Edo State. The project will involve planting of fruit trees and setting up of nurseries, as well as conservation clubs in nine (9) schools in Udo community. The pilot phase was conducted on Friday, 19th July 2019 in Obarenren Primary School, Obarenren.

Some of the fruit trees planted were avocado, jack fruit, mango, soursop, orange etc. The pupils of the schools will further be engaged on setting up of nurseries, tree planting and other conservation club activities.

 

Dr. Joseph Onoja, Director, Technical Programmes, who led the NCF team stressed the need for every community in Edo State and neighbouring states to adopt tree planting exercise as top priority.

Speaking further, he said: “We all know that we need to plant more trees, and there is no better place to start than in the schools.”

 

The school community appreciated the gesture and pledged to nurture the plants while headteachers of other schools present showed interests in the project.

 

The following activities have been designed to be carried out subsequently: establishment of conservation clubs in each of the 9 schools, this is to further involve the pupils on environmental education; there will be monthly visit to the schools for proper monitoring of the project; the students will be trained on plant potting and setting up of nurseries; and each school will make space available for the nurseries to be set up in their schools.

 

In attendance were Mrs. Abidemi Balogun, Head of Environmental Education, NCF; the chairman of the community, Chief Ativie Ogie; deputy community head, Chief Osagie Agbonlahor; school heads; Conservation Education Officers of Okomu National Park, among others.