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How You Can Help the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF)

Annual Fund:
Tax-deductible gifts to the Annual Fund supports NCF core programmes and operations. Your donation supports our conservation centres, hundreds of educational programmes and important conservation and research efforts.

Designated Gifts:
Designating your gift to your favorite programme ensures it will grow into the future. Designated gifts have helped us renovate the board walk in the Lekki Conservation Center, launch new educational programmes for schools and youth, purchase new books for the resource library and conduct important research on endangered plant/animal species.

Memorials and Tributes:
Remember a loved one through a memorial gift or honor a special person in your life for their birthday, anniversary or other special occasion while supporting programmes at NCF.

We will notify your friends and family of your gift and note it in our monthly Newsletter and in our annual report.

Benches and Trees :
Make a lasting impression to honor or memorialize someone special by purchasing a custom engraved bench in the Gardens and nature trail or inscribing a message on a bench or tree plaque. Many opportunities for lasting memorials and tributes are available.

Friends of NCF:
You can ensure a vibrant future for NCF by including the NCF in your estate plans. Individuals who provide for NCF in their estate plans, either through a bequest, life income gift, life insurance policy or other plan, are invited to join our Friends of NCF Society.

Corporate Opportunities:
Become a corporate partner with NCF and your company will be connected to a network of international and national nature and cultural institutions. Your organization can demonstrate its commitment to conservation, education and the environment through our corporate giving programmes, which include sponsorship, membership, matching gifts, annual fund donations and programme support.

Corporate Sponsorship:
Capture Nigeria’s most sought-after audience by sponsoring one of our successful events. NCF offers a diverse range of sponsorship opportunities that enable your company to reach your target audience, and build brand loyalty and visibility.

We will work with your company to create an integrated sponsorship package that is aligned with NCFs' mission and tailored to your marketing, sales and promotional objectives. Events, such as Walk for Nature, Annual Dinner/Award Night, Arts and Essay competition, Members’ Day, Partners Day, Environmental Arts Exhibition etc, attract thousands of visitors to the Lekki Conservation Center each year. Sponsorship of these events will give your company visibility and community recognition while helping NCF fulfill its mission of connecting people with nature.

Corporate Membership:
Businesses large and small can enjoy the benefits of membership of NCF. Choose from Membership levels on our website : that will give you and your employee’s free admission to the Lekki Conservation Center and events, as well as discounts at our Gift Shop, education classes and project sites around the country

As a Corporate Member of NCF, your business has a special opportunity to participate in nature conservation, natural resources use and poverty reduction around Nigeria.

Member’s day:
This intimate party is a public event and our opportunity to give special acknowledgment and thanks to members, treasured friends and donors who have supported NCF and its programmes.

For more information about Corporate Partnership/Membership opportunities, please contact our Membership Officers at 0909 147 6149 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In-Kind Gifts:
By giving an in-kind gift to NCF, you are recognized as a donor, qualify for a charitable deduction, and provide needed supplies and materials to NCF’s many programmes. Your assistance will contribute to NCF’s mission while providing significant budget relief.

The Technical Department needs the following equipment:

  •     Binoculars
  •     GPS Units
  •     Camera & Camcorder
  •     Photocopier
  •     Television (Flat screen)
  •     A4 digitizer
  •     Fieldwork Equipments: Tents, Jungle boots & satellite phones
  •     ArcGIS 9 & IDRISI (Latest Version)
  •     Arcpad
  •     Erdas Imagine
  •     Computers (Laptop and Desktop)
  •     Projectors
  •     Scanner
  •     Laser range Finder
  •     Trimble GPS
  •     Remote Internet access for project sites
  •     GIS, SPSS & Other statistical / environmental software
  •     Digitizer for GIS Unit
  •     Radio (Walki talki)

The Media and Public Affairs needs the following:

  •     Computers (Laptop and desktop)
  •     Printers
  •     Camcorder
  •     Digital Cameras
  •     Television set
  •     VCD/DVD player
  •     DSTV- Dish and Decoder
  •     Radio player
  •     Micro Cassette recorder
  •     Video recorder
  •     Compact disc
  •     Scanner
  •     Cabinets
  •     Office furniture
  •     Flash drive
  •     Projector and Replacement lamp for projector
  •     Split system
  •     Water dispenser
  •     A vehicle for fund raising and Media relation/Media rounds

Accounts Department needs the following:

  •     Computer (Laptop and Desktop)
  •     Printers
  •     File Cabinet
  •     Office furniture
  •     Flash drive and Compaq disk
  •     Split system

The Membership Unit needs the following:

  •     Computers and printers
  •     Flash drive
  •     Scanner
  •     Calculating machine
  •     Photocopiers and other office equipment.


 The Education Department needs the following:

  •     Wireless microphone
  •     LCD projector and replacement lamp for projector
  •     Computers (Laptop and desktop)
  •     Camcorder
  •     Digital Cameras
  •     DVD
  •     DSTV – Dish and Decoder
  •     VHS- video player
  •     10' x 10' tent for outdoors program
  •     Sleeping bags (10 or more)
  •     Adult-size backpacks (in sets of five or six matching colors)
  •     Tough lights
  •     Binoculars Eagle Optics (5 or more)
  •     Wall mount shelving
  •     Weather station: thermometers, evaporating dish, rain gauge, anemometer etc
  •     Desk and chairs
  •     Children books on the environment
  •     Books on: Wildlife Conservation, Environmental Preservation
  •     Reference tools: Encyclopedia, Dictionaries, Handbook, Glossaries

The Lekki Conservation Center needs the following:

  •     4 pruning saws
  •     2 lawn mowers
  •     4 sheers
  •     10 Sprinklers
  •     10 Pairs of Binoculars
  •     2 GPS
  •     4 Three man tent
  •     Vegetation and animal sampling equipment
  •     Small chain saw
  •     Compass
  •     Different sized site (habitat and species) description board.

For more information or inquiries on these giving opportunities or special donations please contact:

THE DIRECTOR GENERAL
NIGERIAN CONSERVATION FOUNDATION
Km. 19, Lagos-Epe Express, Lekki,
P.O.Box 74638, Victoria Island,
Lagos, Nigeria.
Telephone: For enquiries: 0903 489 5750; 0903 473 7457, 0909 147 6149, 0909 147 6246, 0909 147 6239 
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Thank you to those who have donated to the in-kind program. Your support and generosity is greatly appreciated.

 

 

 

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The decline of vultures in Nigeria should be everyone’s concern if we understand and appreciate their importance or contributions to human health and the economy. The decline in the number of vultures is due to many factors.

 

 

The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) advocacy campaign started during the 2017 Chief S. L. Edu Memorial Lecture with the theme “Decline of Vultures: Consequences to Human Health and the Economy”.

 

 

Attention is being devoted to vultures because of the alarming rate of their decline. Threats to vulture species are from humans. Vultures today are in dire situation especially outside conservation areas. They are in danger of being poisoned, especially through the deliberate poisoning of carnivores; electrocution by powerlines passing through breeding sites, direct persecution and declining food availability. Deliberate poisoning of carnivores is likely the most widespread cause of vulture poisoning. Human persecution of vultures has occurred for centuries and continues unabated. These are all human-induced threats!

 

Vultures play a crucial role to human health and the economy. They keep our environment free of carcasses and waste thereby restricting the spread of diseases such as anthrax and botulism etc. They are of cultural value to the Nigerian communities. They have important eco-tourism (bird watching) value. Vultures are nature's most successful scavengers, and they provide an array of ecological, economic, and cultural services. As the only known obligate scavengers, vultures are uniquely adapted to a scavenging lifestyle. Vultures' unique adaptations include soaring flight, keen eyesight, high sense of smell and an immune system adapted to degrading carcasses with no negative effect.

 

 

Vulture decline would allow other scavengers not properly equipped for scavenging to flourish. Proliferation of such scavengers could bring bacteria and viruses from carcasses into human cities. We need to rise and prevent this from manifesting.

 

Ecological consequences of vulture decline include changes in community composition of scavengers at carcasses and an increased potential for disease transmission between mammalian scavengers at carcasses and human population. There have been cultural and economic costs of vulture decline as well, particularly in Nigeria.

 

 

Vultures in Nigeria are ignorantly considered an omen of evil, therefore, the evil must be stopped. This leads many to kill vultures in the quest for averting supposedly eminent evil. Sad to know this barbaric act still exists.

 

A recent survey conducted recently by NCF at wildlife markets in Ondo, Osun and Ogun States in South West Nigeria revealed that Kano, Ibadan and Ikare are the hubs of vulture sales. Wildlife and herbs sellers visit these trade hubs to get vultures (live or dead) for their customers and users. Vultures, it was gathered, are being used by the belief-based practitioners and other spiritualists for “Awure” – fortune charm. The survey revealed that a vulture head goes for between N12,000 (twelve thousand naira) and N15,000 (fifteen thousand naira) at retail markets, a feather costs N100 (one hundred naira) , while other parts cost between N500 (five hundred naira) and N2,000 (two thousand naira). The findings further show that although a whole vulture could cost as high as N20,000 (twenty thousand naira) to N30,000 ((thirty thousand naira), once the head is off, the rest of the parts may not attract much money.

 

 

Belief-based use is a major driver of vulture decline in Nigeria especially in the South West where they were assessed to be major ingredients in traditional concoction. The local markets for vulture species have soared up in multi-folds as a result of continued demand within the belief-based system. Belief-based professionals who are the users of this economically important species are currently decrying the high price of this commodity as it affects their business. However, there is a need for a change in the traditional belief system that have entrenched the cultural cocoon of the day-to-day existence of people.

 

The economy of a nation or of a people is not built by trading in commodity and other allied items only, but also on a healthy environment. When an environment is made healthy by ensuring that all the components are functioning properly, people are healthy and trade successfully, which has a ripple effect of imparting directly on the nation’s economy. A healthy soul is a wealthy soul and a healthy people is a healthy nation.

 

 

People need to be aware of the good services vultures provide to them and participate in tackling the troubles faced by vultures. Researchers need to establish a simple monitoring network for vultures. Toxic drugs that are harmful to vultures need to be eliminated. Time to save the vultures from vanishing is now! Time to be more aware of the happenings in our environment is now! And time to take bold steps to further save nature is now!