The Omo-Shasha-Oluwa Forest Elephant Initiative

The Omo-Shasha-Oluwa Forest Elephant Initiative

This initiative seeks to establish a large contiguous area of forest across three states in south west Nigeria as a wildlife sanctuary.

The proposed reserve is the most important conservation area in western Nigeria. The forests and rivers of the area are home to an impressive array of wildlife including estimated species lists of over 200 trees, 81 mammals, 204 birds, 29 fish and 36 reptiles. Mammal species include forest elephant, chimpanzee and white-throated guenon monkeys, all of which are seriously endangered. However the area is under enormous pressure from unsustainable logging, hunting, forest clearance for agriculture and the introduction of invasive plant species.