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.
Jul 12, 2013

Rangers Confront Enormous Challenges

Conservator Reporting on Threats within the OWR
Conservator Reporting on Threats within the OWR

Amid tremendous pressures, ICCN rangers continue to conduct patrols into the Okapi Wildlife Reserve, collecting snares and pursuing poachers. At a recent scientific and political meeting in Kisangani, evidence of the increased scale of poaching in the Okapi Wildlife Reserve was presented, including evidence of okapi deaths to snares.  With the increased pressure of miners and loggers coming into the reserve the demand for bush meat is greater than ever before, with snares becoming more numerous, and the indiscriminate casualties now affecting a wide array of forest wildlife.

In addition, ICCN rangers see clear evidence of an uptick in poaching for forest elephants in the DR Congo. These unique animals, along with elephants throughout the continent of Africa, are presently under an enormous threat from poachers after ivory.

Helping the rangers of the Okapi Wildlife Reserve protect the forest home that is needed for so much wildlife is critical now, more than ever.  We thank you sincerely for your support and ask that you share this with your friends on Facebook, or any other social media. 

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Jul 12, 2013

Agroforestry Team Begins Distributing Trees

Agroforestry Field with Nitrogen Fixing Trees
Agroforestry Field with Nitrogen Fixing Trees

As security improves in the Epulu area, replanting of the demonstration garden is underway.  This important educational tool illustrates very clearly to area farmers how a planned agroforestry system of planting can reap better harvests and over a longer period of time, than the traditional slash and burn approach to farming. 
Along with continuing a regular distribution of seeds, bean and peanuts for summer planting, OCP agronomists are distributing native fruit trees and nitrogen-fixing trees to farmers.

Needed shade trees are being provided to school communities where the students are involved in planting and maintaining.  The agronomists take these opportunities with the students to share with them conservation information about the forest community in which they live.

Your support of this important conservation work is deeply appreciated, as even a small amount goes a long way for these communities.  Helping people, in this simple way, translates directly towards helping wildlife.  Share this information with your friends on Facebook and we thank you sincerely for your help.

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Mar 11, 2013

Agro-Forestry Team Continue Their Support Around the Okapi Wildlife Reserve

Distribution of School Supplies to Schools
Distribution of School Supplies to Schools

Education and community support has never been more important for the protection of the forest resources in the DR Congo. During the past few months the Okapi Conservation Project staff has distributed educational material and school supplies to nearly all of the 106 schools around the Reserve, which serve over 27,000 students, with the remaining schools scheduled to receive their supplies over the next couple of weeks. Additionally, a campaign to distribute posters illustrating the various protected animals of the region will begin next month, and target government offices, schools and clinics around the Reserve.

  
Vegetable and peanut seeds, along with tools, continue to be distributed to members of the farmers’ cooperatives in Mombassa and Nduye by our Agro-forestry Team. This has been a very successful program of education to the communities in and around the Reserve and has made a great impact on the previously wide-spread practice of slash and burn for farming.


During this period of limited security, our staff continues to implement these community assistance projects with the support of concerned individuals and institutions from around the world.

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