The Obudu Conservation Centre was established by Mrs. Onari Duke, the former First Lady of Cross River State, world-renowned primatologist, Professor John Oates and Mr. Disun Holloway in 2002. The organisation is a not-for-profit, nongovernmental organisation dedicated to educating, protecting and restoring the wildlife and wild lands of the Obudu Region and the surrounding Cross River National Park, which runs into Cameroon’s Takamanda National Park.

The Obudu Conservation Centre is an inclusive NGO that knows that it takes everyones effort to reach our aims and vision for this planet. We know that the world is connected and we need to leverage off this connectivity between people, companies and institutions to provide long-term sustainable solutions.



The Obudu Conservation Educational Centre was created by Mrs. Owanari Duke and Professor John Oates.


Provided free for local communities to encourage alternative means of income.


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


Obudu Conservation Centre starts protecting the Aeroplane Field Forest and starts its first forest reserve through the Women’s Woodloch initiative.


Obudu Conservation Educational Centre conducted its first mission in partnership with City University to track and study the Cross River gorilla.


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


Obudu Conservation Centre starts the Go for Green awareness campaign.
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