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Nigeria: Bamba Community Moves to Save Endangered Chimpazees in Cross River

Nigeria: Bamba Community Moves to Save Endangered Chimpazees in Cross River
(June 12, 2014) By Alex Abutu, 4 June 2014 The Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzee is the rarest and most endangered of four subspecies of chimpanzee currently found in Africa. Man's closest living relative, the ape is fully protected by Nigerian law, and now by communities also.  When a chimpanzee was recently killed by a hunter in the Mbe Mountains, the entire community of Bamba LGA, Cross River State, rose to protest the killing. Led by their chief, Vincent O. Mkpe, the community quickly identified the hunte...

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Nigeria: Succour for Yankari Elephants

Nigeria: Succour for Yankari Elephants
(June 04, 2014) By Alex Abutu, 28 May 2014 Yankari Game Reserve contains the largest surviving contingent of elephants in Nigeria and West Africa but, of late, these animals have been subjected to ill treatment, including killing them for the thriving ivory market in Asia.The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) recently entered into a strategic partnership with the Bauchi State government to manage the conservation of Yankari Game Reserve.A statement by WCS said the Society signed a four-year agreem...

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Conservationists, Bauchi in MoU to protect Elephants in Yankari Game Reserve

Conservationists, Bauchi in MoU to protect Elephants in Yankari Game Reserve
(June 04, 2014) Written by Anietie Akpan, Calabar WITH African elephant becoming endangered species due to poaching by hunters, a conservation group - Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bauchi state government to preserve Yankari Game Reserve and protect elephants within the area.  Bauchi is a key protected area in Nigeria that contains the largest remaining population of elephants in the nation and one of the largest in West Africa. ...

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$10m plan to save world's rarest gorilla:Five-year conservation project could revive the population of Cross River gorilla in their only remaining habitat in Africa

$10m plan to save world's rarest gorilla:Five-year conservation project could revive the population of Cross River gorilla in their only remaining habitat in Africa
(March 24, 2014) Adam Vaughan The world’s rarest gorilla, which is believed to be down to less than 300 remaining individuals, can be saved with a $10.5m action plan, conservationists say. The Cross River gorilla (Gorilla gorilla diehli) lives in a hilly rainforest area around 12,000 sq km in size along the Nigeria-Cameroon border, regarded as a globally significant “biodiversity hotspot.” It is the rarest of four gorilla sub-species and is listed as critically endangered. But experts at ...

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West Africa’s Endangered Lions: A Conversation with Wildlife Conservation Society Nigeria Director,Andrew Dunn

West Africa’s Endangered Lions: A Conversation with Wildlife Conservation Society Nigeria Director,Andrew Dunn
(January 02, 2014) Written by Carmen McCain This week I have been teaching Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali re-told by D.T. Niane from the recitation by Guinean griot Djeli Mamoudou Kouyate. The epic is tied to the landscape and environment of the old Mali empire, stretching from current day Senegal to Niger Republic. “Listen to the story of the son of the Buffalo, the son of the Lion,” the griot recounts. The great emperor Sundiata’s mother is spiritually linked to the buffalo, and Sundiata inheri...

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Cross River’s Boje sees invasion of rare migratory birds

Cross River’s Boje sees invasion of rare migratory birds
(May 21, 2013) BIRD enthusiasts are in for a treat, with more migratory birds, including some rarely species, flocking to Nigeria from Europe, especially barn Swallows. These birds have been coming to Boje for many years unannounced until it was reported in The Guardian in the early nineties. These swallows fly  from the UK to South Africa and then back again with a stopover in Ebakken-Boje, Boki Local Government Area of Cross River State in South South Nigeria. The birds stop  at Ebakke-Boje to re...

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Hunting, others threaten gorillas in Nigeria, Cameroun .

Hunting, others threaten gorillas in Nigeria, Cameroun .
(February 14, 2013) CONSERVATION experts have identified hunting and other human activities as major threats to gorillas in Nigeria and Cameroon. They made the submission after a two-day workshop convened by the Fish and Wildlife Service, United States Department of the Interior, in partnership with the governments of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and that of the Republic of Cameroon. In a report by Andrew Dunn of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Nigeria about three to four gorillas were killed by poach...

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Nigeria, Cameroun plan pact on gorilla conservation

Nigeria, Cameroun plan pact on gorilla conservation
(February 14, 2013) NEW agreement to strengthen trans-boundary conservation and protect gorillas and other endangered species in the Nigeria and Cameroun forests may be underway. The proposed pact was agreed upon recently in a one day workshop organised by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in collaboration with government partners with the theme, “Wildlife Without Borders: Strengthening Trans-boundary Conservation Collaboration between Nigeria and Cameroun” to strengthen trans-boundary conservati...

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