Forest elephants

(Loxondonta Africana cyclotis) are one of two subspecies of the African elephant (Loxondonta Africana). Forest elephants, once widespread across southwestern Nigerian forests have become extinct in many forest areas placing the remnant fragile population at high risk of total extirpation. As human populations increases rapidly, the elephant range is constantly being broken up into small fragments traversed by roads, human settlement and infrastructures bringing elephants into conflict with humans. Furthermore, Nigeria has been identified as one of three countries most heavily implicated in the global illicit ivory trade as sources, routes and consumers of ivory and related products. Presently, very few forest areas still contain elephants and even these small populations come under intense attack from poachers. In Idanre forest cluster, important elephant populations still survive and we are committing credible efforts to monitor and conserve these vulnerable giants.