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- 1 limited-edition wildlife collectible
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- 70% of purchase cost goes to project
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Overview of project
This natural area with ~80 forest elephants is having an increase in deforestation and it is understaffed. This project is helping build patrolling infrastructure & equip rangers.
- Project Description
Ranger support and camera traps in Omo Forest Reserve
The Omo Forest Reserve contains some of the last remaining forests in South West Nigeria. This forest contains a crucial population of the last forest elephants in Nigeria, along with other important wildlife, including the critically endangered Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzee.
Omo's forest has been logged repeatedly without a management plan, threatening both the forest and the important wildlife that inhabit it. In recent years, the biggest problem has been the uncontrolled agricultural expansion of farms by illegal inhabitants inside the reserve. As a result, even though the forest reserve covers 130,000 hectares, less than half of this is natural forest. The rest is agricultural plantations and farmland.
By creating an officially designated 55,000 hectare Wildlife Sanctuary within the reserve, this project aims to turn the tide of deforestation from these developments in the Omo Forest Reserve. With your support, this project can build unprecedented conservation infrastructure in this protected area. We will construct ranger patrol posts, grow anti-poaching and law enforcement capacity by providing necessary anti-poaching patrol and equipment including camera traps and ensure the protection of this vital forest and the elephants in it. You are supporting the team on-the-ground as they protect the Omo Forest and its wildlife.