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. The ranger keeps the forest camp clear and acts as an excellent guide to visitors and researchers.
Paignton Zoo continues to fund these three staff but since joining the Omo-Shasha-Oluwa 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. In time the ranger will become part of a team of forest guards protecting the sanctuary.