Protect. Educate. Restore
Who we are
Founded in 2002, Obudu conservation Centre (OCC) is an independent environmental NGO headquartered in Obudu Plateau in Cross River State, with offices in Lagos and Calabar. The organisation aims to protect, preserve and increase awareness of the wildlife and wild lands in the region which runs across Cross River National Park, a biodiversity hotspot. We have launched various initiatives to empower the local communities while working to preserve and restore the natural landscape.
Once established, OCC built an education centre in Obudu Mountains, where we offer children and students hands on nature experiences to develop their knowledge of the natural world.
OCC works to protect, restore and increase awareness of the wild lands and wildlife on Obudu Plateau and the surrounding Cross River National Park and Cameroon’s Takamanda National Park. We seek to generate healthier economic opportunities for local communities and promote care of our natural world.
OCC To create and live in a world which understands human dominance is not to control and destroy but to utilise and grow with a generation of soldiers who will one day join the fight against animal cruelty, depletion of our natural resources and the destruction of our planet.
Education is at the forefront of the OCC’s agenda. To educate this generation on the importance of conservation means to save the next. As an education centre OCC seeks to develop a new generation of environmentalists through advocacy and educational camps.
OCC seeks to be a research hub in the region for botany, ornithology, and primatology. We currently assist our partners in the tracking, monitoring and research of the animals in the region as well as the preservation and restoration efforts in Obudu Plateau and surrounding forests.
The Foundation believes in Community based conservation. OCC operates as a community outreach centre for the local community. The NGO holds programmes to educate and empower the surrounding communities.
A strong component of the community’s economic well-being is tourism in the region. The Foundation strongly encourages tourism and travelling within the region. The foundation currently holds guided tours that range from 1-day excursions to expeditions into Cameroon and Mountaineering.
EXECUTIVE BOARD AND COMMITTEE
Mrs. Onari Duke is a philanthropist, lawyer, entrepreneur and UN certified trainer. She founded the Obudu Conservation Centre in 2002 to provide hands-on nature experiences, knowledge, appreciation and sustainability of the environment. Onari is also the Chairman of the Child Survival and Development Organisation of Nigeria (CS-DON) and the Country Director of Empretec Nigeria Foundation (ENF).
Professor John Oates
Professor John Oates is a leader in African primate conservation and a former professor of anthropology in Hunter University, New York. Oates has conducted field research in Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Equatorial Guinea, India, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Uganda. He as as written several influential books on conservation in Africa.
Mr. Disun Holloway is a former Commissioner of Tourism and Inter-Governmental Relations in Lagos State.
Phil has over 40 years experience in Nigeria, predominantly in the environmental sector. He initially worked for the State Government as the Chief Ecologist in North Eastern Nigeria for 15 years and was responsible for the development of a protected area policy in the region.