We recently received a major indicator of the progress our sustainable agroforestry initiative is making! What’s a better sign of success than… an okapi! A farmer near Epulu has had a male okapi visiting his farm on a regular basis for the last several months. Due to the farmer’s sustainable agroforestry practices, the male okapi visits frequently to browse on the plants that have been able to thrive near the farm.
Not only is the sighting of an okapi a good indication of the success of the sustainable agroforestry initiative, it is a good sign for the health of the okapi population in the area. Seeing an okapi so close to inhabited land could be a sign the territory of okapi is expanding. On top of that, it's a really rewarding sight for everyone in Epulu who has put so much hard work into the Project!
Over the last several months our Agroforestry team has been putting in serious effort to continue their hard work despite the threat of COVID-19. OCP has made it a priority to keep employees and residents safe, wearing masks and social distancing ahead of any government mandate. Still, we continue to distribute seedlings, saplings, and supplies. Recently, the agroforestry team also hosted demonstration fields to introduce new farmers to the sustainable agroforestry program and encourage them to participate.
Just like the Reserve relies on community members to make the protection of okapi possible, we rely on contributors like you to help support them. Thank you for your help protecting the okapis’ rainforest home!
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