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Happy Eid-el-Kabir! Celebrate with friends and family by sending one of our Eid-el-Kabir ecards. Choose from one of the ecards below and click on the image to download it. Add the downloaded image as an attachment to your email, add your message and send.
Following the impending flood to be witnessed in many parts of the country, as declared recently by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMET), as indicated in the 2016 Annual Flood Outlook of the Nigerian Hydrological Services Agency (NHSA) and as corroborated by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), it is with a deep sense of responsibility that the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) wishes to intimate fellow Nigerians on the course of action to take to reduce the impact of the imminent disaster. True to the regulatory agencies’ declaration that flood will affect all the states of the federation except Ekiti, Kaduna, Oyo and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), some communities in Benue, Gombe, Kano, Nasarawa, Plateau, Sokoto, Yobe and Zamfara jhave already been overwhelmed by flood. The declaration also has it that the havoc wreaked will be of the same proportion as what was witnessed in the country in 2012 in which 363 persons were killed, 2.1 million people displaced and losses recorded put at N2.6 trillion. Thus, NCF wants to urge Nigerians to ensure they engage in various short and long term sustainable measures that can mitigate the effects of climate change that are now with us, rather than live…
Myths and erroneous views about vultures are that these creatures are dirty and they transmit diseases. But vultures rid the environment of Tuberculosis, Anthrax, Rabbis, Botulism, Brucellosis hog cholera and other deadly diseases as they eat off dead animals. A single vulture is thus worth around N3, 850, 000 ($11,000) for its cleaning services promptly carried out. However, if an elephant is poisoned for its tusks, about 500 vultures will die eating the carcass. Vultures are also killed for other illegal commercial activities and traditional medicine. These practices have sadly pushed various species of vultures in Africa to the brink of extinction. Habitat reduction, nesting disturbance and collision with power lines also contribute to the decline in vulture population. Each of the eight species of vultures known to Africa are either on the list of critically endangered, endangered or threatened wildlife and the population is fast collapsing: 1.) Ruppell’s Vulture---------------Critically Endangered 2.) White-Headed Vulture--------Critically Endangered 3.) White-Backed Vulture---------Critically Endangered 4.) Hooded Vulture-----------------Critically Endangered 5.) Egyptian Vulture----------------Endangered 6.) Cape Vulture---------------------Endangered 7.) Lappet-Faced Vulture----------Endangered 8.) Bearded Vulture-----------------Near Threatened How you can help Support efforts to raise the awareness about the economic and ecological importance of vultures in order to address the threat…
Populations of forest elephants are in dare need of protection in Nigeria. Only about 200 of them remain in the wild in five sites in southern Nigeria. Though also threatened, the savannah elephants in northern Nigeria have received more attention than the forest species in the south. Some of the major problems of the Nigerian Forest Elephants are forest conversion for other uses, habitat loss and fragmentation, and poaching for their ivory, among others. Only organised conservation work, public support and enlightenment and good habitat management are capable of saving the forest elephant species from extinction in Nigeria in the medium term (10-20 years). The five sites where forest elephants are found in southern Nigeria are the Omo Forests in Ogun State, the Okomu National Park in Edo State, the Cross River National Park in Cross River State, the Idanre Forests and Osse River Park in Ondo State and the Andoni Island in Rivers State. Objectives: NCF Forest Elephant Alive Campaign is designed to direct national attention to the species and to use the species as a springboard for other conservation initiatives where the forest elephant populations are found. This will be achieved through a programme of activities aimed at…
Illegal killing, smuggling and other forms of illicit trade in wildlife do not only hurt the economy and the ecosystem, they also fuel organised crime as well as feed corruption and insecurity, undermining the sustainable development of the country. The Director, Technical Programmes, Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), Dr. Joseph Onoja, expressed this concern during an event aimed at educating students from various schools in Nigeria about environmental and conservation issues, while marking the 2016 World Environment Day at the Lekki Conservation Centre (LCC), Lagos, on Thursday. According to him, the illegal trade in wildlife has caused the decline of many species in Nigeria and the world. He said animals such as Pangolins, Elephants, Sea Turtles and Vultures are usually poached and their body parts are sold for sundry uses and traditional medicine, which he said has pushed such animal species at the risk of extinction without taking into account their health and economic benefits to the society. Dr. Onoja said it would take dedicated and sustained effort by everyone in the society to turn the tides, saying “people need to understand the damage this illicit business is doing to our environment, livelihoods, communities and security,” and that awareness creation needs…
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