Conservation education

Conservation education

The Omo Forest Reserve within Ogun state, Nigeria, is part of the proposed Omo-Shasha-Oluwa Wildlife Sanctuary.

Paignton Zoo and the WWCT have supported conservation education in the Omo Forest reserve since 1993 providing funding for two educators and a ranger since then. The role of the educators is to raise awareness about environmental and conservation issues by working with local communities and visiting primary schools in the area. They also run a conservation club for teenagers and adults that focuses on practical conservation and campaigning in the community.

Paignton Zoo continues to fund these three staff but since joining the Omo-Shasha-Oluwa Forest Initiative in 2010 they have been incorporated into the larger project and now work with other colleagues on education and awareness raising for the whole project.