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The Notorious Poacher Morgan Killed by Congolese Army Soldiers Ends Dark Chapter for Okapi Wildlife Reserve

The notorious poacher Morgan, who was responsible for the attack on ICCN headquarters nearly two years ago, killing six people and slaughtering all the okapi at the Station has been killed by Congolese army soldiers when a disagreement over the … Continue reading

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OCP Provides New Materials to ICCN for Monitoring the Reserve

The OCP has provided ICCN with 3 new motorbikes and 5 new digital cameras to reinforce patrol and patrol post supervision as well as to facilitate regular means of verification of important protection activities and actions in the Okapi Wildlife … Continue reading

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Central Africa Regional Program for the Environment (CARPE) Meeting in Mambasa, DR Congo

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) organized a 4-day consortium meeting to explain the work which is planned to be undertaken with Central Africa Regional Program for the Environment (CARPE) funds provided by USAID in the Ituri-Epulu-Aru landscape. This essentially involved … Continue reading

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Assistance to Primary Schools

As a response to the request of primary school teachers, OCP has organized the purchase and distribution of chalk to 18 primary schools situated in and around the Reserve. Both school directors and children greatly appreciated this assistance, as school … Continue reading

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New Leadership Appointed for ICCN in Epulu, DR Congo

ICCN Kinshasa appointed new leaders for the Okapi Wildlife Reserve on January 29, 2014. Shortly after their arrival in Epulu, Senior Warden Lucien Lokumu and Deputy Warden Mubuya had several meetings including a review of the Operation Plan with partners, … Continue reading

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Report from the Field – January 18, 2014

During my fifth trip to Epulu since the attack of June 2012, I sensed a new optimism in the community, as well as with our OCP staff. Over 95% of the residents of Epulu have returned to their homes, the … Continue reading

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Flash of Black and White

Sitting by the guest house one evening, watching a group of lesser spot nosed monkeys feed in the trees near the river, a flash of black and white crossed from right to left, just above my eye level. When it … Continue reading

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OCP President meets with ICCN rangers and OCP staff in January 2014 in Epulu

Early this year, while visiting Epulu, I met with as many people as possible in order to hear first-hand their stories and views about what are their most pressing concerns and needs. This information helps us define our actions and … Continue reading

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December 2013 Okapi Conservation Project Update

Many encouraging actions have resulted from the generous support of our Zoo Partners and all of our donors for OCP efforts to conserve the okapi in the wild. This update provides a brief overview of what ICCN and OCP staffs … Continue reading

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Okapi – Forest Giraffe of the Congo Added to IUCN’S Endangered Species List

Wild Population Has Declined over 60% in the Past Decade Jacksonville, FL (November 26, 2013) — The Okapi Conservation Project today announces that okapi (Okapia johnstoni) have officially been reclassified as ‘Endangered’ in the newly released International Union for Conservation … Continue reading

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