|Town/Region||LUFASI Nature Park|
|Date||24 May 2018|
The work stems from a gap in scientific knowledge of Hooded Vulture Necrosyrtes monachus (HDV) in the Lekki Urban Forest and Animal Sanctuary Initiative (LUFASI), Lagos, Nigeria. HDV is critically endangered with a population decline of 83% since the early 1960’s due to capture for traditional medicine in an underground trade, loss of favourable habitats, and direct persecution. Preliminary research of HDV in LUFASI established the Iron Wood Lophira alata (locally called Ekki trees), with a conservation status of vulnerable, as roosting sites for the species. Furthermore, the site harbour other raptors and large birds in significant numbers but we are unclear if these compete with HDV for favourable roosting sites on the Ekki trees.
This project, therefore, aims to bridge the knowledge gap in the survival of HDV by confirming its level of association and dependence on the Ekki trees including interspecific competitions for adequate conservation action. We believe its ecological association and competition with other large birds could shed more light on drivers behind their decline in native and similar habitats across Nigeria and indeed the West African region. In addition to our research, the project will also engage stakeholders and nearby communities around LUFASI forest by sharing knowledge through awareness and stimulating their participation in HDV protection. Simultaneously, communication of project activities including public engagement will take place on LUFASI’s social media platform. A site monitoring and patrol system will be setup on the site to facilitate the collection of biological data and protect the habitat.
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