White Oak Conservation Center Inc

White Oak Conservation Center, Inc helps conserve some of the earth's rarest wild animals through innovative training, research, education, community outreach and field programs that contribute to the survival of wildlife in nature.
May 27, 2014

Soldiers support ICCN Rangers

ICCN Guards in the Okapi Wildlife Reserve Forest
ICCN Guards in the Okapi Wildlife Reserve Forest

The notorious poacher Morgan, who was responsible for the attack on ICCN headquarters nearly two years ago, killing six people and slaughtering all the okapi at the Station, was recently killed in an exchange of gunfire between his gang and Congolese army soldiers.

Security issues have been at the heart of the lives and work of the rangers and the communities in and around the Okapi Wildlife Reserve for the past two years and this recent development has already changed circumstances for everyone. This puts an end to a dark chapter in the country’s history and presents all with a brighter future in which the wildlife and the people residing in the Okapi Wildlife Reserve can live peacefully and flourish in this unique rainforest environment.

As a result of the improved security, ICCN rangers can move deeper into the forest on their frequent patrols monitoring the Reserve. OCP has been able to provide motorbikes and cameras to reinforce supervision and documentation of activities while these rangers are on patrol, helping to reduce illegal activities including poaching and the use of deadly snares.

These rangers could not do the difficult and dangerous work needed without the support of people around the world that care. Please share this link with friends, family and associates on social media.

ICCN Guards Patrolling by the Reserve by Boat
ICCN Guards Patrolling by the Reserve by Boat

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May 27, 2014

Education is Key for Forest Conservation

Okapi Conservation Project School Conference
Okapi Conservation Project School Conference

In the past few months the Okapi Conservation Project educators were, once again, busy around the Reserve. Thirty-five secondary and high schools held conservation sessions involving nearly 5,000 students. These were organized in an open forum consisting of interactive questions. During the sessions, students and educators discussed their knowledge of forests, and various threats to the native landscape including mining, slash and burn agriculture, poaching and bushmeat trade.

The role communities can play in mitigating forest loss was vigorously discussed and debated by students and community leaders. OCP educators outlined specific forest protection measures such as sustainable agriculture and tree planting in which the students can participate with their parents. The students were eager to resume sessions again, as there was so much to discuss. OCP educators will be travelling with more frequency in the coming months as security in the Reserve continues to improve.

Building an awareness of these important issues will help protect the wildlife in the Okapi Wildlife Reserve, which has one of the largest concentrations of biodiversity in the world. We are grateful to the many people around the world that support these efforts and we invite you to share this link with friends, family, and associates on social media.  

Conference at Danga School in Wamba
Conference at Danga School in Wamba
Conference at Institut Bombo in NiaNia
Conference at Institut Bombo in NiaNia

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Jan 29, 2014

Snares and Poachers Remain a Challenge

Arrested Poachers with Evidence
Arrested Poachers with Evidence

ICCN rangers continue to be engaged in the challenge of locating and arresting poachers in the Okapi Wildlife Reserve.   As pressures from a world that has an appetite for ivory and gold mount in this remote region, rangers are finding themselves on the front lines of a ‘war against wildlife’. While elephants across the continent are being persecuted relentlessly, the isolated and remote population of forest elephants that has made the Ituri Forest their home for centuries, have also fallen victim to this appetite for ivory.

In spite of the dangers faced in this time of great insecurity in the Reserve, ICCN rangers are arresting poachers and removing deadly snares from the forest.   They could not do this without the support of people around the world that care. Please share this link with friends, family and associates on social media. Together we are making progress in protecting okapi, elephant, and primates in the Okapi Wildlife Reserve.

Destroying Snares Collected in the Reserve
Destroying Snares Collected in the Reserve
ICCN Rangers Patrolling in the Reserve
ICCN Rangers Patrolling in the Reserve

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