10 July 2021
Wildlife Conservation Society has called for protection of Nigeria’s remaining elephants to save them from extinction.
Country Director, WCS, Mr. Andrew Dunn, made the call in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Lagos.
Dunn noted that Nigeria was home to hundreds of thousands of elephants who used to roam the country.
He said that less than 400 of these elephants were currently surviving because of poaching for their ivory and habitat loss.
“Elephants are on the verge of extinction in Nigeria,” Dunn said.
He said that efforts to save Nigeria’s remaining elephants had led to the two-day engagement between the Federal Ministry of Environment, with the support of WCS, and Elephant Protection Initiative (EPI), in Abuja.
“Ten elephant sites were identified during the workshop, including three national parks, and participants produced a list of priority actions needed to save elephants at each site.