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Lekki Conservation Centre

Lekki Conservation Centre (LCC) is one of Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) foremost conservation project site. Located on the renowned Lekki Peninsula, LCC covers a land area of 78 hectare. Administratively, LCC is situated in Eti Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State.

The Lekki Conservation Centre, LCC is a conservation initiative to protect wildlife found in southwest coastal environment of Nigeria in the face of sprawling urban development. This 21-year-old conservation education centre has continued to attract both local and international interests. The Centre has served, as an education and resource centre to varieties of group’s majority of which are schools and tourists.

The project has promoted environmental protection and worked against poaching by surrounding communities as well as serve as a tourist centre for local and international visitors. Continuous environmental education, awareness creation and research activities are carried out in the Reserve.

How LCC Started

The establishment of LCC was born out of NCF’s relentless commitment to conservation of Nigeria’s vast natural resources. This commitment was heightened by the presence of its National Secretariat in Lagos, thus warranting the need have a conservation project site within Lagos metropolis that will serve as biodiversity conservation icon and environment education centre. This laudable concept could have come at no better time going by the daily degradation of the city’s remaining natural environment fragments due to ceaseless urbanisation; thus, making LCC one of the few natural environment relics within the city.

To move the idea of conservation project off ground, three potential areas were surveyed in 1987 by NCF technical team in partnership with the defunct Lagos State Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperative. Thereafter, Lekki area was selected to establish the demonstration site for the conservation project. Locating the conservation project on Lekki Peninsula informed the name of the project – Lekki Conservation Centre.

As Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh says “conservation without money is conversation.”The task of sourcing a suitable site for conservation project was not an end in itself as significant financial resources was require to acquire the 78 hectares of land. This daunting task may not have been possible save for the generous financial support of the two old giants, Gulf Oil Company (Nigeria) Limited and Chevron Oil Company (Nigeria) Limited. The two oil giant that later merged into one formidable entity, Chevron Nigeria Limited has been LCC’s benefactor from inception till date.

True to the dream of NCF, the LCC Complex foundation pillar – plaque of LCC was unveiled on 18 February 1989 by the President of WWF, HRH, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at the southern end of the LCC land area.

The Purpose of LCC

LCC was solely established to serve as a conservation icon of Nigeria’s southwest coastal mangrove resources and an information centre for environmental education and public awareness. Over the years, visiting students from various academic cadres have been able to learn through their visit to LCC practical steps to conserving our God given natural resources. LCC is also an environmental education resource centre to non-educated and semi literate visitors. The compelling flora and fauna resources enclosed within the LCC, no doubt inspires a desire to support the course of conservation in the hearts and minds of the visitors. “how can I support NCF’s conservation programme”, “I never imagine there is a place like this” or “I must bring my family…colleagues here”  are some of the remarks commonly heard from tourists that visits LCC.

Key achievement over the years

Over two million tourists of more than 100 nationals have visited LCC since inception. Most of NCF’s School Conservation Clubs were established following the impact of students/teachers’ visit to the Centre. It will suffice to say that LCC has achieved, and it is still achieving the goal of educating the public both young and old on the need to conserve natural resources. The various tiers of government are not left out from paradigm shift from infallible conservation lessons learnt from visiting the Centre.

LCC 78 hectare land area is craftily divided into two sections: LCC Complex and the nature reserve.  The LCC Complex comprises of striking multi-purpose Rotunda surrounded by four office blocks. The office blocks contain project staff offices, gift shop, canteen and the drivers’ office. The facilities of the LCC Complex area were expanded in 1998 with the construction of the National Secretariat at the rear of LCC Complex.

The nature reserve traverses a mosaic of vegetation types, namely: secondary forest, swamp forest and Savanna grassland. 

A trail boardwalk was constructed in 1992 to the enrich tourists/visitors view of the vast resources of the nature reserve which is encapsulated on a mangrove terrain. The trail stretches a length of 2 Km. Some of the side attractions along the trail are swamp outlook, bird hide, rest stops and the tree house.

The swamp outlook affords tourists, especially nature lovers’ mouth watering opportunity of sitting back to beyond aquatic and terrestrial ecosystem interaction. On the other hand, the bird hide enables avid bird watchers snipe at unaware avifauna that are wading through the pool overlooked by the hide or foraging within the vicinity.  The tree house is one of the most fascinating features one can ever come across in an ecotourism zone. The tree house, stylishly seated on a stout dawadawa tree (Pakia biglobossa) rises above 25m. A well protected ladder is ruggedly mounted behind the tree to enable nature enthusiasts reach to tree house to savour the panoramic view of the tree canopy. The rest stops as the name implies serve as rest points and picnic site for small groups of visitors. They are located at about 250m apart on the nature trail boardwalk.

At the end of trail boardwalk seats the nature station. The nature station is a recreation island in the middle of a forest. It has a semi-enclosed block structure containing the indoor picnic facilities and conveniences. The outdoor has outdoor game facilities mostly for children.

For further enquiries and information, please contact:

The Manager
Lekki Conservation Centre
Km 19 Lagos – Epe Express way, Lekki 
P. Box 74638, Victoria Island, Lagos-Nigeria
For enquiries and booking of LCC facilities call 0706 336 9257, 0812 755 6291 or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  


All correspondence should be addressed to

The Director General,
Nigerian Conservation Foundation
NCF Headquarters, Km 19, Lekki-Epe Expressway, Lekki.
P.O.Box 74638, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria.

  • For enquiries and booking of LCC facilities call 0812 755 6291, 0906 546 0479 or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Abuja Office:
Plot 3259, Sarius Palmetum and Botanic Garden,
Ibrahim Babangida Boulevard, Maitama, Abuja, Nigeria.
South East Regional Programme Office:
109A, Marian Hill
Cross River State
Tel: 0817 799 3204.
North East Office:
Hadejia-Nguru Conservation Project Office
GRA Nguru
Yobe State, Nigeria.
Omo Project Office:
Omo Forest Reserve
Government Quarters
J4 Area Office
Ogun State, Nigeria.
Finima Project Office:
Finima Nature Park Rource Centre
Behind NLNG RA3, Finima
Bonny Island
Rivers State, Nigeria.


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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!