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.
Sep 30, 2014

Agroforestry Team Gets help from School Children

Students Receive Seedlings for Agroforestry
Students Receive Seedlings for Agroforestry

The Okapi Conservation Project (OCP) agroforestry team continues to expand their impact from the already implemented planting and education activities in communities in the north of the Reserve, now working with students from three schools in Mambasa planting much needed shade trees in their community. During these activities knowledge about the importance of trees, especially of those species which they were planting, was shared between the agronomists and the students. Along with needed trees for shade and wind buffering, the students planted native fruit trees.

In addition to the school programs, so far this year the agroforestry team has distributed 1,497 tree seedlings, 785 kg of rice seeds and 474 kg of peanut seeds and machetes and hoes to farmers in Bandisende, Epulu and Mambasa. From the experimental garden in Epulu 197 kg of beans and 540 kg of tomatoes were harvested and given to OWR personnel and to the citizens of Epulu to promote the nutritional benefits of planting these crops.

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Sep 30, 2014

Sustainable Hunting: Educating Local Communities

Education Campaign - Makubasi Pygmy Camp
Education Campaign - Makubasi Pygmy Camp

Local Communities Informed about Sustainable Hunting

In recent months the education team traveled extensively over the Reserve, delivering the message of sustainable hunting and protection of animal species using updated animal posters. Hunting of certain species is allowed, especially by the Mbuti pygmies, but the consumption of bushmeat needs to be regulated by government authorities. Okapi Conservation Project programs work to improve food production and nutrition, reducing the need to purchase bushmeat as a source of protein.

Two thousand copies of the posters were distributed in local restaurants, offices, schools, churches, hotels, associations and pygmy camps. During the presentation of the posters, OCP educators explained the importance of not hunting protected wildlife species and the penalties for doing so. The animal posters were especially well received in Kasindi, located at the border of Uganda, and in the town of Kisangani.

This recent campaign aims to enhance knowledge on the value of protected animal species among the communities of the Reserve, and to help all partners, including local authorities, understand the laws protecting animals that live in the Okapi Wildlife Reserve.

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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