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ARC working with Nigerian conservationists to encourage religions to protect species

January 8, 2019:

The grey-necked picathartes is a vulnerable species found in south-west Guinea, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.

ARC's Martin Palmer is guest speaker of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) annual Chief SL Edu Conservation Lecture on January 17, at 10am in the organisation's Lagos headquarters.


The talk, titled A Quiet Revolution: Faith and the Environment will be at Ijewere Hall, Bankers House, Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN), Plot 19, Adeola Hopewell Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, from 10am. Contact Dr Muhtari Aminu-Kano


Only about 250 cross river gorillas still live in the wild, on the border of Cameroon-Nigeria
Conservation awareness is quite low in Nigeria, yet it is a large country with many endangered or highly threatened species including the ibadan malimbe, the grey-necked picathartes, or rockfowl, sea turtles, the West African manatee, the Nigerian-Cameroon chimpanzee and cross river gorilla, forest and savanna elephants and many orchids and plant species.

It is also an important stopping place for rare migratory birds: each year some five billion birds make the crossing from Europe to Africa for the winter and back. The Sahel - on the borders of Nigeria, Burkino Faso, Senegal and Mauritania is an essential zone for them.

West African lion: only about 600 adults survive in the wild
There has not been a huge input on conservation from religious leaders in Nigeria yet. However most Nigerians are devout followers of Christianity or Islam or traditional religions. This lecture is intended to demonstrate that all around the world conservationists work with religions, and to suggest possible action plans for doing the same in Nigeria.

The Nigerian Conservation Foundation is the premier non-governmental organisation in Nigeria dedicated to nature conservation for nature and people. NCF is an Associate of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). It is also the Nigerian Partner of Birdlife International and a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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