World Animal Day - a special opportunity for everyone who cares about animals
Wild About Africa
Start Date :October 4, 2017
End Date :October 7, 2017
Time : 12:00 am to 12:00 am
Contact Name:Felix Abayomi
Location : Nigeria - Abuja
This is a Wildlife of Africa Conservation Initiative event to mark World Animal Day and the 2017 Global March for Elephants and Rhino. We aim to secure a future for elephants in Africa and inspire elephant-friendly communities by developing practical community-based strategies and disseminating knowledge about ‘Living in Harmony with Elephants, Rhinos and other Endangered Animals’.
We will begin in Ijebu community, Nigeria, where we aim to introduce a rewilding project to return elephants to their historical ranges, with the hope of conserving the country's remaining elephant population. Surveys in Nigeria in 2007 and 2008 reported the presence of elephants in Okomu National Park, Omo, Ifon Forest and possibly the Shasha Forest Reserve. All these populations are severely threatened by habitat loss and fragmentation, especially cocoa plantations. (Ikemeh, R.A. (2008). ‘Preliminary data on forest elephants (Loxodonta africana cyclotis) in southwestern Nigeria’. Pachyderm 45: 117-123. and Ikemeh, R.A. (2009). Status of the Idanre Forest Reserve in Ondo State, Nigeria: A February 2009 Survey. Unpublished report. Leventis Foundation Nigeria.) Other threats to elephants include cattle herding, illegal logging, wildlife trade, land encroachment, forest fires and agriculture leading to human-elephant conflicts.
In Yankari Game Reserve, Bauchi State, elephant sightings were recorded in the north-western part of the reserve and inside the Wikki camp and there were reports of elephants raiding cassava farms around Mainamaji, Kuka, Shira, Kungibar, and Duguri communities. We have evidence that elephants used to roam wild and free as far as Karu in Nasarawa state, near the current Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Nigeria.
We have a picture taken by grandchildren of a farmer who led these elephants to the palace of the Estu Karu of Karu, Nasarawa state in the 80s. Also, there are undocumented sightings and reports of people who have lived with elephants in other northern cities of Nigeria such as Kaduna and Kano.
The Wildlife of Africa Conservation Initiative wishes to make a case for securing the future of Africa's elephants by involving local people in expressing their views and generating ideas in a collaborative approach to living in harmony with elephants. We will engage with people of all ages through schools, local community forums, and resident or interest groups. We hope this will generate interest and raise awareness of the importance of elephants to our communities.
We encourage the participation of these groups to generate elephant-friendly ideas through some, or all, of the following activities:
- Open Mic
- Songs, poems or art
- Drama or short plays
- Video clips, visual aids, posters
- Indoor and outdoor activities such as lawn tennis
Dates: October 4, World Animal Day - October 7 Global March for Elephants and Rhinos, 2017
Venue: WildlifeAID Centre, Ijebu
Arrival and Registration: 3.00pm, October 4th.
Time of Departure: 3.00pm, October 7th.
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Wildlife of Africa Conservation Initiative
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