The Obudu Conservation Centre was established by Mrs. Onari Duke, the former First Lady of Cross River State alongside world-renowned primatologist, Professor John Oates. 

Obudu Conservation Centre is an inclusive organisation that knows that it takes everyones effort to actualise our vision for this planet. 

OCC understands that the world is connected and we need to leverage this connectivity between people, companies and institutions to provide long-term sustainable solutions.



  • OCC is founded by Mrs. Onari Duke alongside Professor John Oates


  • In partnership with City University, New York, OCC provided and supported research to study and track the critically endangered Cross River gorilla.


  • Free vocational and craft skills training provided to 65 local communities members to encourage alternative means of income. 


  • Led training courses to increase the number of midwives in the region to reduce mortality rates.

2006 – 2008

  • Provided training courses to 30 increase the number of midwives in the region to reduce mortality rates. 


  • Facilitated vocational and small-medium enterprises (SMEs) entrepreneurship training for 175 community members


  • Obudu Conservation Educational Centre was relaunched as Obudu Conservation Centre by Nela Duke.


  • Obudu Conservation Centre starts protecting the Aeroplane Field Forest and creates its first forest reserve through the Women’s Woodlot initiative.
  • Partnered with the Obudu Bird Club to increase ornithological education in the local communities and schools in Cross River State
  • Commenced the Go for Green awareness campaign and toured schools in Cross Rivers, Rivers and Lagos, Nigeria


  • Named by the local community, Nela’s Pool was established, a natural spring pool. OCC cleared and built deckings, trails and picnic areas to be used as a tourist attraction.  In agreement with the local Chiefs OCCs will continue protecting and maintaining the site. 


  • Supporting rangers on the Plateau and surrounding forests to protect the forests and wildlife 
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