Entries by Okapi Conservation Team

30 Year Anniversary

This June marks 30 years since we’ve been protecting okapi and its habitat in the heart of Africa. Over the past 3 decades, we’ve weathered uncertainty, difficulties and rebel attacks, but never faltered on our commitment to protect the okapi and the animals that share its forest home. Having such a longstanding presence within Epulu […]

Tree Day Celebration – December 5

Each year on December 5, the Okapi Conservation Project celebrates Tree Day by distributing hundreds of tree seedlings to primary and secondary schools around the Reserve, and the kids love it. Our educators teach them about how trees benefit the forest, animals and their local communities. To propagate these trees in our nurseries, we hire […]

Looking Forward – Plans for 2017

The Okapi Conservation Project (OCP) in 2017 will continue to work with onsite partners in building capacity for ICCN (Institute in Congo for the Conservation of Nature) wildlife rangers to improve protection and law enforcement in the Okapi Wildlife Reserve (OWR). OCP staff will help communities address the basic needs of food security, income generation, […]

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 […]