At Home and in London, Nigeria Tackles the Illegal Wildlife Trade

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Herd of elephants in Yankari Game Reserve. Photo ©WCS Nigeria.
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Yankari wildlife rangers on patrol. Photo ©Natalie Ingle/WCS.

Nigeria recently signed on to the Elephant Protection Initiative (EPI), which seeks to end the ivory trade and build a sustainable future for elephants and people.

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Confiscated rosewod illegally harvested in Yankari Game Reserve. Photo ©WCS Nigeria.
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The author with wildlife rangers on patrol. Photo ©WCS Nigeria.

An elephant action plan for Nigeria would raise awareness, develop consensus, and prioritize conservation activities like better law enforcement and a review of the wildlife laws in the country.

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Much of Nigeria’s illicit wildlife trade focuses on ivory and pangolin scales destined for markets in China or Vietnam. Photo ©Paul Hilton/WCS.

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