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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…
Because they play vital roles in the ecosystem by forestalling exposure to anthrax, rabies, tuberculosis and other deadly diseases in the society and also render free sanitation services valued at several millions of naira, Nigerians should make efforts to protect birds. Birds such as vultures, which may be considered non useful to many, should also be accorded such protection as they are “natural environmental sanitation officers.” These assertions were made by the Director General of Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), Mr Adeniyi Karunwi, in Lagos, through a press statement during the event marking this year’s World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) with the theme: “…and when the skies fall silent? Stop the illegal killing, taking and trade.” According to Karunwi, a single vulture provides a scavenging benefit valued at around N2, 308,200 (US$ 11,600) over its lifetime, but sadly, birds are sometimes illegally hunted, targeted for sport shooting and trapped in their numbers for pets and meat, leading to a marked decline in all species of migratory birds. He lamented the fact that the skies “are almost silent in Nigeria because of the over 90 per cent decline in our vulture population,” adding, “vultures clean up carcasses and waste from our urban…
Exploitation of earth’s resources has brought about a shift from moderate to extreme climate conditions and people need to seek opportunities to engage in activities that will enhance the quality and longevity of the environment to avert an imminent danger. The Director General of Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), Mr. Adeniyi Karunwi, who said this during the commemoration of Earth Day 2016, also added that mankind will face serious consequences if unsustainable extraction activities should continue on the planet, even as he said “already, the consequences of a depraved planet are with us.” Speaking through a press statement in Lagos, Karunwi said the theme of this year’s Earth Day, "Trees for the Earth," could not have come at a better time than now as people globally now know the role trees play in remediating the microclimate and mitigating climate change as well as value addition to property and other health benefits. To this end, he affirmed the NCF’s commitment to creating a healthier and sustainable planet as the Foundation supports activities geared toward restoring and rehabilitating degraded forestlands such as one the Earth Day’s goal of planting at least 12 million trees on or before the 50th anniversary of the event…
Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed, has said her ministry would convene an emergency forest and biodiversity dialogue with relevant stakeholders to show its zero tolerance for the level of damage done to forest in Nigeria. Mohammed, who said this during the celebration of International Day of Forest in Abuja, yesterday, added that all commissioners of environment, directors of forestry, Ministry of Finance and relevant NGOs would be involved in the dialogue aimed at putting a stop to activities causing deforestation and forest degradation. According to her, forest in wetlands depends on water sources and at the same time, forest ecosystem sustains water quality and helps mitigate the risks of water related disasters. But she said, “Many see forest as source of revenue generation with little or nothing ploughed back for forest development. Activities of timber merchants, especially illegal loggers, continue to worsen the situation and the Ministry has zero tolerance for the damage done to the forest in Nigeria.” She described the rate of deforestation and forest degradation arising from intensive logging of timber and fuel wood extraction as unacceptable. In his own submission, Director General of Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), Adeniyi karunwi said if about two-third of the estimated…
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