Weʼre raising £1,200 to fund a documentary about the poaching of endangered species in Nigeria.
- Omo Forest Reserve, Nigeria
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I have been a volunteer film-maker for Paignton Zoo for the past year. This coming February my colleague, Jono Gilbert, and I will be aiding the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust’s (WWCT) environmental awareness campaign in a forest reserve in Nigeria. The WWCT have been one of several partners in the Omo-Shasha-Oluwa Forest Initiative for several years and help fund vital work.
The primary aim of the initiative is to preserve one of Nigeria’s
most important reserves, which is of both local and global significance.
The forests and rivers are home to over 200 trees, 81 mammals, 204 birds, 29 fish and 36 reptiles. There are many mammal species, including 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.
Our project will directly benefit the Forest Initiative’s primary goals. By creating bespoke educational videos to be used in their environmental awareness campaign, we will be passing on invaluable knowledge to the local communities and school children who are most dependent on
the forest for survival. We will highlight the importance of the species which live there in an effort to reduce illegal hunting of endangered animals as well as educating about sustainable practices within the forest ecosystem. Without good stewardship, and protection of the trees and endangered species, the forest will lose its value and ultimately its legal protection, which could lead to its eventual destruction.
A further aim is to produce videos for raising awareness of this globally important habitat in the UK. Only by bringing attention to these forest reserves can we hope to raise the necessary support for their continued protection in the future.
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Farsight Conservation21 days ago
Hi everybody, thanks for all of the support so far. We will be setting off on the 9th February so we are already busy getting everything prepared! If you want to see the sort of films that we will make out there, watch our film produced in South Africa: Mouse of the Rising Sun.
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Jan 3, 2017
Love from Gwen. Hope you have a good trip xx
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Dec 11, 2016
Good luck, this sounds great!
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Omo Forest Reserve, Nigeria
Farsight Conservation creates awareness of topical conservation issues through multi-media educational outreach. Through film, art and music we aim to inspire and enlighten the general public about the Natural World. http://www.farsightconservation.co.uk/