Wildlife Africa — Nigeria (2017)


In Nigeria, too little is known about where the main nesting areas are for the four turtle species found on the beaches adjacent to Lagos’s rapidly expanding urban sprawl. Direct take of animals for meat and eggs is an ongoing threat, and although turtle protection laws exist in Nigeria, enforcement is ineffective without knowledge about the location of specific beaches and of communities that harvest turtles. A 2017 SWOT grant helped identify where monitoring and enforcement efforts should be directed.