Nigeria's endangered forest elephants.


Compared to their savannah cousins of: East and Southern Africa, West Coast elephants are much harder to see.

Nigeria's Omo forest, some 100km from Lagos, is home to around 100, which live in heavy bush and are very shy.

A team of young people have dedicated their lives through the Forest Elephant Initiative to protecting the large mammals, which are becoming endangered.

"Removing trees in the elephants' habitat is exposing them. So it displaces them from their original home to somewhere else," said Emmanuel Olabode, the initiative's coordinator.

Much of the forest is a protected biodiversity site, but a section is also open for legal commercial activity undertaken by workers in local villages. Although these activities put the animals in danger, for the locals, the forest...

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