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Dr. Mary Molokwu-Odozi recognised for contribution to biodiversity conservation in Liberia

We celebrate one of our own, Dr. Mary Molokwu-Odozi who leads Fauna and Flora International’s (FFI) work in Liberia.

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Dr. Mary’s immense contribution in helping to build local capacity for biodiversity conservation in Liberia was recently recognised with an award by the William R. Tolbert Jr. College of Agriculture and Forestry, University of Liberia on 8th December 2016 during the 97th convocation ceremony of the University.

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Very big congrations to Dr. Mary and we at APLORI are all very proud of you!

 

Sad news: Baba Izang Ajiji (Old soldier) passes on

It is with sadness, that we announce the demise of one of our colleagues, the late Baba Izang Ajiji (father to Admin Thomas Arin Daniel) who died on 4th June 2016 after a period of illness.

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Until his death, the late Baba Izang was the chief security officer of APLORI. Burial details will be communicated duely.

Please pray for comfort.
Thank you.

SALE OF FORMS INTO THE MSc. CONSERVATION BIOLOGY PROGRAMME FOR THE 2016/2017 ACADEMIC SESSION

The course is designed for young West African Biological Scientists with a craving for career opportunities in conservation of renewable natural resources.

Entry Requirements:

Admission is opened to all holders of at least a Bachelor of Science Degree Second Class Honours (Lower Division) from a recognized University, in any of the following disciplines: Zoology, Biology, Botany, Forestry and/or Wildlife, Wildlife Management, or any Environment Science.

Aspiring students should visit the University of Jos website (http://mis.unijos.edu.ng/forms_application/ ) to purchase, complete and submit the form. A copy of this completed application forms together with a motivation letter containing the applicant’s email address and telephone number must then be returned to the institute before 31st July, 2016. Applications that do not contain all the requisite materials including; O’level Certificate, B.Sc Certificate and Academic transcript, NYSC discharged certificate  will not be processed. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for a combined written and oral interview. Contact us on 09033655620. Email: admin@aplori.org OR aploriapleventis@unijos.edu.ng for further enquiries.

 

 

 

BirdLife Africa’s Director Dr. Julius Arinaitwe visits APLORI; gives lectures and also talks about the decline of Africa’s Vultures

Dr. Arinaitwe visited APLORI from 20th January 2016 for two weeks during which he had intensive lectures on conservation Biology with the APLORI M.Sc students. On 2nd February, 2016 he presented a seminar titled “The challenge of conserving Africa’s Vultures” at APLORI. He said Vultures in Africa face extinction in our lifetime and urged immediate action in order to avoid this from happening. He also encouraged the audience to contribute in helping BirdLife stop the Vulture catastrophe especially considering that Africa still holds 11 species of vulture, 6 of which are found nowhere else in the world.

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Dr. Arinaitwe (5th from Left) with APLORI MSc students

Professor Les Underhill visits APLORI and gives the 4th Annual Leventis Lecture at the University of Jos

Professor Les Underhill is the Director of the Animal Demography Unit at the University of Cape Town South Africa. He visited Aplori in the second week of November 2014.

Follow Les’s visit and lecture slides:

http://www.slideshare.net/Animal_Demography_Unit/aplori-nigeria-ap-leventis-lecture

Follow Les’s examples of “snapping and mapping”

http://www.slideshare.net/Animal_Demography_Unit/biomappingnigeriaaduvirtualmuseum-41666231

International recognition for our very own Dr. Manu

A very big congratulations to our very own Director, Dr. Manu on the international recognition of his exceptional work in advancing ornithological research in Nigeria.

Photo by Nick Caro
The Marsh Award for International Ornithology was presented by the Duke of Edinburgh to Dr. Manu on Wednesday 29th October 2014 at an event hosted by the BTO and the Society of Wildlife Artists (SWLA) at the Mall Gallery in London.
Photo by Nick Caro
The APLORI family in the UK including Tasso Leventis, Phil Hall, Will Cresswell, Dayo Osinubi, Mark Wilson and Sam Ivande were present along with many other important guests and friends to witness and celebrate this important occasion with him.
See below also for the BTO news release describing the event:
Nigerian scientist receives prestigious British Ornithology award
At a ceremony in London, Dr Shiiwua Manu was awarded the Marsh Award for International Ornithology for his exceptional work in advancing the knowledge of birds in Nigeria.
Dr Manu is head of the A P Leventis Ornithological Research Institute (APLORI), the Biological Conservatory of the University of Jos, Nigeria. Under Dr Manu’s guidance up to eight West African students per year enrol in a MSc programme in Conservation Biology, with the aim of building much needed biodiversity conservation capacity in this part of Africa. The programme has been running for 12 years and has been hugely successful, with many alumni now working in renowned international conservation agencies operating in Africa.

APLORI also hosts many researchers from Nigeria, other African countries, and around the world. These researchers work on a broad range of topics, from the ecology of the birds of the Jos Plateau, to broader questions about bird migration and wintering ecology of long-distance intra- and intercontinental migrants. The institute also supports research on other biota, including plants.

Additionally, APLORI  undertakes community development work in the institute’s vicinity, to help educate local people about the region’s biodiversity requirements, as well as to promote sustainable living alongside the birds and other wildlife supported by their immediate and wider surroundings. Many of the local people are employed in APLORI, and this contributes significantly to the local economy and fosters invaluable goodwill towards the conservation efforts of APLORI.

Dr Manu oversees all of these initiatives, skilfully navigating the bureaucracy that can impede such endeavours in Nigeria. He thus ensures that APLORI remains a powerful force for conservation in West Africa.

The award was presented by The Duke of Edinburgh at a ceremony hosted by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) and the Society of Wildlife Artists (SWLA) at the Mall Gallery in London.

Dr Shiiwua Manu said,  “I am most grateful to the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), UK , for this humbling recognition. The A P Leventis Ornithological Research Institute (APLORI) University of Jos Nigeria provided me the enabling environment for achieving this recognition. All my colleagues in APLORI as well as the Laminga Community (our host), from where we operate, contributed immensely to this recognition. I am also grateful to my family for supporting me always. I thank you all for bringing this propitious and wonderfully exhilarating occasion to be.”

Andy Clements, BTO Director said, “The Marsh Awards for Ornithology enable BTO to recognise the excellent work of ornithologists at a variety of scales, all of whom are partners with BTO in ensuring science contributes to conservation.  Dr Manu Shiiwua is an exceptional winner of the International Award, and his institute in Nigeria is a key partner in BTO’s work to understand the ecology of our migrant birds in Africa.”

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MASTER OF SCIENCE (M.Sc) IN CONSERVATION BIOLOGY 2014/2015 SESSION

UNIVERSITY OF JOS BIOLOGICAL CONSERVATORY
A.P. Leventis Ornithological Research Institute (APLORI)

 

P.O Box 13404, Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria.
The Postgraduate School of the University of Jos runs a 12month programme in the above course in the Department of Zoology. The programme covers various aspects of the theory and practice of biodiversity conservation, including the ecologic- economic and scientific basis for conservation. It also exposes students to field practical experiences and builds their capacity to design and execute sound scientific research works in conservation biology. Although students undertake ecological studies in various aspects of biodiversity conservation, emphasis is often on Ornithology.
About APLORI
APLORI’s academic authority resides in the Faculty of Natural Sciences of the University of Jos. The Institute was established in 2001 as a training and research outfit. It is located in the Amurum Forest Reserve in Laminga(Jos- East LGA) in a serene environment that is very conductive for teaching, learning  and research. APLORI has teaching and research affiliations with a number foreign Universities and International environmental Organizations. A 24- hour power supply and reliable internet connection ensures high intellectual productivity among staff and students of the institute. Students admitted into APLORI’s M.Sc. programme usually enjoy some form of scholarship award.
 Target Group
The course is designed for young Nigerian Biological Scientists with a craving for carrier opportunities in conservation of renewable natural resources. Qualified Applicants from elsewhere especially in West African are also welcome.
Admission is opened to all holders of at least a Bachelor of Science Degree SECOND CLASS HONOURS (Lower Division) from a recognized university, in any of the following disciplines: Zoology, Biology, Botany, Forestryand /or wildlife, Wildlife Management, or any EnvironmentScience. In addition tot he above, candidates must posses a minimum of 5 credits (Including Mathematics and English) in O’Level WAEC SSCE.
Aspiring students should visit the University of Jos website www.unijos.edu.ng and follow the link to purchase the form. For more information contact us on +2347032930199. Completed application forms together with an application letter containing the Applicant’s email address and telephone number must be returned to the institute before 1st July, 2014. Applications that do not contain all the requisite materials will not be processed. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for a combined written and oral interview. Please contact us at aploriapleventis@unijos.edu.ng for further enquiries.
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                                                                                        Jilli-Dandam, D.Esq
                                                                                                Registrar

APLORI’s 10th Set

The A. P. Leventis Ornithological Research Institute (APLORI) has again produce another set of well-trained scientists, making it the 10th set to be trained at the Institute in Conservation Biology. The end of the academic year was marked by the presentation of research findings to the External Examiner Prof. Irene Tieleman and other academic and research staff. The presentations took place on the 27th September 2013.

Graduates with their External Examiner Prof. Tieleman. From L-R Murna, Chioma, Lydia, Ivy, Anvou, Omo, Shade and Kwanye

The event also marked the resumption of the new students of the next academic year. The new set has for the first time in APLORI a candidate from Liberia.

L-R: Shedi, Bukky, Benedictus, Felix, Boniface, Emmanuel and Yinka

 

Update on African Cuckoo tracking

 

 

After a seemingly long period of “busy silence”, it is time to update the story of our five satellite-tracked African Cuckoos.  Let us now consider what has happened since the last blog.
Cuckoos #94 and #96 are still within the Jos area. The two birds have spent most of their time, presumably foraging and breeding, between the Amurum Forest Reserve and neighboring villages and settlements.

 

 

Cuckoo #95 stopped transmitting in mid-June. The failure of transmission is most likely due to failure of the transmitters. This is because efforts to find the bird from the place of last transmission were not successful. Also, the device transmitted for a short period about 2 weeks later from the same general area. It therefore seems that this individual may be flying about with a faulty transmitter. 
  
Cuckoo #97 has been the most adventurous individual. After spending a few weeks around the APLORI /Laminga/Kerker areas, in mid-June it flew towards Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau state where it spent about 1 week before moving towards the border of Plateau and Kaduna state to spend an additional 2 days. At the end of June, the bird then returned to the APLORI/Laminga/Kerker areas, stayed until mid-July before departed an area close to Toro, Bauchi State. On the 24 of September it had moved to another location about 100 km away.
Cuckoo #98 stayed within the APLORI/Laminga/Kerker area until mid-August before moving to an area close to Toro, Bauchi State.
 
Considering that this project started just at about the beginning of the rains, and also that two cuckoos are still around the general area where they were trapped, I speculate that the cuckoos may begin to show longer and clearer movements at the end of the rainy season in the Jos area. Also, given that Diederick cuckoos and Klaas’s cuckoos are currently still heard calling around the Amurum Forest Reserve, the prolonged stay of the two individuals may be in response to resources that are still abundant.