The Okapi Conservation web site is a WordPress website for the White Oak Conservation Center located in Yulee, Florida. They have many endangered African species on their campus and work to preserve them. Check it out!
The Okapi Conservation Project is located within the Ituri Forest, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the most biologically diverse country in Africa. The Ituri Forest covers 175,000 square kilometers of lowland tropical forest and contains some of the most important closed canopy rainforest and species diversity in the world.
It is important this website successfully tells the story of the people and animals that share the Ituri Forest. We must show measurable objectives and illustrate the global importance of saving the Okapi, teaching alternative methods to slash and burn farming, and overcoming political unrest in the Congo. The Congo is one of the world’s most threatened ecosystems. Commercial logging, clearing for subsistence agriculture, and widespread civil strife has devastated forests, displaced forest dwellers, and resulted in the expansion of the “bushmeat” trade. Since the 1980s, Africa has had the highest deforestation rates of any region on the globe.
The new website, developed by PlaceVision, will help raise money to save the Congo rainforest and the exotic Okapi as well as unite a global audience to help the people of the Congo adopt a more sustainable lifestyle.