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.
Mar 9, 2011

Infrastructure for Forest Rangers

Greetings from Epulu in the Ituri Forest, DR Congo

We recently completed the construction of new permanent housing for the rangers of the Okapi Wildlife Reserve.  The Zunguluka patrol post is located on the eastern border along the main road passing through the Reserve and is a key base to control traffic in illegal bushmeat and ivory.  It also serves as home base for the rangers who patrol the Reserve on foot and protect the wildlife.  Their job is often dangerous and the new housing provides the rangers and their families with a comfortable and safe home when the rangers return from long treks in the forest, protecting wildlife and stopping poachers.  The ranger housing project was managed by the Okapi Conservation Project with support from a US Fish and Wildlife Service grant - Wildlife Without Borders.   

Dec 20, 2010

End of the Year Report - Slash & Burn Farming

As the  year winds down we would like thank all  of our friends and supporters of the Okapi Conservation Project who help us to conserve the important forests and wildlife in Africa.  Our agroforestry project is working with the people of the Ituri Forest in the DR Congo, providing tools and improved farming methods to help them feed their families and reduce their dependence on unsustainable slash and burn agriculture techniques.   Your support in 2010 has helped over 400 farmers receive tools, vegetable seeds and tree seedlings, and our agro-forestry team makes frequent visits to the each participant to provide technical advice.  We hope to increase the number of farmers participating with the program around the Okapi Wildlife Reserve, improving their livelihoods while saving thousands of acres of pristine forest.  We hope you will share our project success with your friends and consider helping us in 2011 with a gift that makes our world a better place. 

Wishing you happy and safe holidays from the Okapi Conservation Project.

Dec 20, 2010

End of the Year - Preventing Bushmeat Poaching

As the  year winds down we would like thank all  of our friends and supporters of the Okapi Conservation Project who help us to conserve the important forests and wildlife in Africa.  Our bushmeat project has worked closely with the rangers in the Okapi Wildlife Reserve to reduce illegal poaching.  Your support in 2010 has helped us to develop community conservation committees around the Okapi Wildlife Reserve, working with local customary chiefs to engage them to take an active role in the stewardship of their natural forest and wildlife heritage.   In 2011 these community conservation committees will be encouraged to focus on their regional communities and help the Okapi Wildlife Reserve rangers control illegal hunting for bushmeat and ivory.  We hope you will share our project success with your friends and consider helping us in 2011 with a gift that makes our world a better place. 

Wishing you happy and safe holidays from the Okapi Conservation Project.

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