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Federal University, Lokoja inaugurates Zoo



The Federal University, Lokoja on Thursday inaugurated its zoo to ease students’ practical learning in biodiversity, wildlife and recreation.

NEWSVERGE reports that the zoo and conservatory situated at the Field Main Campus of the institution, was inaugurated by the Conservator-General of the National Park Service, Dr Ibrahim Goni.

Some of the animals in the zoo include donkeys, snakes, Ostriches, Horses, monkey, among others.

NEWSVERGE reports that the Zoo has a children amusement and recreational facilities to serve as a recreational and educational facility for the people of Lokoja and its environs.

It is also expected to provide a space where families, tourists and wildlife enthusiasts could learn about Nigeria’s rich natural heritage.

Goni, while inaugurating the facility, described it as a centre with the potential to contribute to global conservation efforts that would benefit humanity.

He said: “Nigeria, as a nation, is rich in natural and cultural diversity, so the protection of its natural resources will always be of utmost importance.

“The role of zoos and conservatories in the preservation and protection of biodiversity cannot be overstated as they serve as living laboratories, fostering deep understanding and appreciation for the natural world.”

He disclosed that about 180 million people visit Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited zoos and aquariums each year, and contribute about $24 Billion to the U. S Economy.

According to him, in Nigeria, travel and tourism contribute about 3.6 per cent to the country’s GDP annually.

Goni expressed the belief that through effective collaboration among the academia, conservationists and the government, the objectives of the centre would be achieved.

The university’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Akinwumi, described zoos as educational resources, providing a living laboratory for students and researchers in the fields of biology, environmental science and wildlife management.

“For creating a safe haven for various animal species, we are not only contributing to global conservation efforts, but also raising awareness about the importance of protecting our natural world.”

Earlier, the Director of the centre, Prof. Jacqueline Badaki, had lamented the ever-changing wild landscape being ripped apart by climate change and habitat loss across the globe.

Badaki opined that captive breeding programmes were needed more than ever before to “assure the survival of some species that cannot survive on their own”.

Thompson Yamput

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