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Wild Africa Partners with Raypower FM to launch new wildlife series

Wildlife Focus raises the profile of Nigeria’s iconic wildlife and forests.

Wild Africa has partnered with Nigeria’s first private radio station, Ray Power 100.5 FM, to launch Wildlife Focus. This new 10-minute radio programme will cover major issues confronting Nigeria’s wildlife and forests, the ongoing efforts to address illegal wildlife trade, and updates on Nigeria’s wildlife laws.

Nigeria’s wildlife is in a severe crisis. Over the last three decades, species such as lions, elephants, gorillas, and chimpanzees have been driven to the brink of extinction. Conservationists estimate that fewer than 400 elephants, fewer than 100 Cross River gorillas, and about 50 lions remain in Nigeria.

In addition, Nigeria has emerged as a significant transit hub for illegal wildlife products in West Africa, particularly elephant ivory and pangolin scales that are smuggled from neighboring countries to Asia. A growing appetite for illegal bushmeat consumption also threatens populations of endangered species and risks introducing zoonotic diseases such as COVID-19, Ebola Virus, and Monkeypox.

Wildlife Focus will premiere on November 30 on Raypower 100.5 FM and will be broadcast every Thursday from 10:15 to 10:25 a.m. West Africa Time.

Radio is one of Nigeria’s most powerful mediums of communication, both rural and urban. There are hundreds of radio stations across the country, and each station has its unique programmes and loyal audiences listening in from dusk to dawn.

But while the radio is an enormous part of Nigeria’s routine, with different programme options covering subjects that range from sports to politics, and pop culture to entertainment, wildlife issues are underrepresented. They are only reported as news highlights during major wildlife seizures and zoonotic events such as Ebola and COVID-19.

Raypower FM, in the next 13 weeks, will bring listeners on the ground reporting and expert interviews that will offer insights and proffer solutions to the issues facing Nigeria’s amazing wildlife.

“Nigerians need to know more about wildlife conservation, care, and nurture what God has deposited in our beautiful country. We need to know how what we do will affect our future as a people. This is where Raypower comes in. We have a track record in infotainment, and that’s what Wildlife Focus will do,” said Ibiyemi Olufowobi, Director Network Operations Radio, Raypower/DAAR Communications. “I expect people to ask questions; I expect our listeners to know about Nigeria and its biodiversity. I expect a change in our attitude toward nature,” she added.