Entries by Okapi Conservation Team

Relationships Built through Community Conservation Foils Ambush by Poachers

by John Lukas Community Conservation is a necessary component of effective conservation projects across Africa. It is often stated that ‘people are the problem, but also the solution’ to the devastating impact of human activities on wildlife and natural habitats. The concern raised by many donors about how you measure the effectiveness of supporting communities […]

World Okapi Day – October 18

OKAPI – THE COOLEST ANIMAL YOU’VE NEVER HEARD OF And It May Disappear Before You Even Know It October 17, 2016 – Jacksonville, FL: On October 18, we at the Okapi Conservation Project will be celebrating the creation of the first-ever World Okapi Day. Our goal is to raise awareness worldwide of this unique and […]

Central Integral Conservation Area – 24 Years in the Making

When the Okapi Wildlife Reserve (OWR) was created almost 25 years ago, it was envisioned that someday a portion of the Reserve would receive protected status similar to that of a National Park. As a Wildlife Reserve, certain human activities are allowed – limited agriculture, collecting firewood, collecting medicinal plants, developing sources for drinking water […]

Field Report: July 2016

By: John Lukas Impressive efforts from the ICCN rangers and Congolese soldiers to reduce the threats from rogue militias and gangs of poachers over the last six months has started to produce results. Reports from OCP staff confirm that security is holding, and the region around the Okapi Wildlife Reserve is safe with very few […]

OCP Organizes Security Collaboration Meeting in Mambasa

Okapi Conservation Project (OCP) organized a two-day workshop with all security services in Mambasa, DRC on March 2 & 3, 2016. This meeting addressed current management problems in the Reserve, while clarifying its legal statutes and access to natural resources by local communities. Security service officials including the Army, Police, Intelligence, Immigration and others conveyed their […]