Omo Forest Conservation Project
To ensure the survival of the Omo Forest ecosystem in Nigeria
The Omo Forest Reserve
within Ogun State, Nigeria, is of great conservation value with 200 species of
tree, 125 species of bird and many mammal species including forest elephant,
chimpanzee and white-throated guenon monkeys, all of which are seriously
endangered. The Nigerian Forest Elephant Group (NFEG) was established in 1989
in order to protect the 1300 km² Omo
Forest Reserve and work
towards its long-term conservation. Paignton Zoo Environmental Park began supporting the NFEG in
1993 and has been involved with the programme ever since, although management of
the programme was officially handed over to the Nigerian Conservation
Foundation in 2006.
With logging, poaching and uncontrolled farming threatening the biodiversity in the Omo Forest Reserve, the conservation goal of the project is to ensure the survival of the Omo Forest ecosystem by education in schools and raising conservation awareness amongst the local community. Also, general practical conservation activities are supported.
WAZA Conservation Project 10025 is implemented by the Omo-Oluwa-Shasha Forest Conservation Project, with support provided by Paington Zoo Environmental Park. Other stakeholders involved in the project include the Nigerian Conservation Foundation and ProNatura International (Nigeria).
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