The 2017 Leventis Lecture by Franz Bairlein: Fascinating wanderers: birds of two continents

What happens in Africa, does not stay in Africa. Millions of birds breeding in the northern hemisphere migrate to Africa to spend the non-breeding phase of their life. The decline in the populations of many of these migratory birds have been linked to weather and land-use practices in Africa.

Is bird conservation and economic development mutually exclusive? Not necessarily. There is evidence that what is good for the birds is also good for humans. One of the most commonly utilized tree by migrant passerines in Africa is the Ana tree (Faidherbia albida). The Ana tree also happens to be a very valuable economic tree. Its pods and foliage are used for livestock fodder, it supports bees, it is used as medicine and fertilizer, it controls erosion, and it helps with nitrogen fixation. Sorghum grown under the Ana tree produce higher yield than those that grow away from the tree.

Our sincere thanks to Professor Franz Bairlein, the Director of the institute for avian studies in Germany, for an enlightening and interesting Leventis lecture.




We are glad to announce the 7th Annual A. P Leventis lecture scheduled for  November 15, 2017at the University of Jos, Multipurpose Auditorium, Main Campus by 11.00am; under the distinguished Chairmanship of Professor Sebastian Seddi Maimako ( B.Sc, MBA, Ph.D, FCA), Vice Chancellor, University of Jos.

The lecture will be presented by Prof. Franz Bairlein, Director of Institut fΰr Vogelforschung (Institute of Avian Research), Germany. He will be speaking on the topic” Fascinating Wanderers: Birds of two Continents”.

Prof. Franz Bairlein is Professor of Zoology with research interest in Ecology and physiology of migration with special emphasis on migration strategies, avian nutritional ecology with special emphasis on the internal and external control mechanisms of migratory fattening.

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Chima Nwaogu – Life history traits and the immune function in Common Bulbuls

My project aims at understanding how variation in life history traits and immune function of birds arise due to variation in environmental conditions in space and time. Research questions cover aspects of the breeding ecology, diet and immune function of Common Bulbuls. I utilize field observations over spatio-temporal scales around Nigeria, captive diet experiments in outdoor aviaries at the A. P. Leventis Ornithological Research Institute and immune/microbial assays to test whether timing of annual cycle stages such as breeding and moult and baseline innate immunity respectively, vary in a manner that suggest adaptation to variation in rainfall, food availability, diet or pathogen pressure over aridity gradients in space and time.

“How diet affects body condition and immune function of Common Bulbuls” by Annabet Galema

For about three months I carried out my master project at the A. P. Leventis Ornithological Research Institute – this project is within the larger PhD research project of Chima Nwaogu that investigates how variation in life history traits and immune function arise from variation in environmental conditions in tropical environments. My work focused mainly on the aviary experiments; using Common bulbuls. Four aviaries housed ten bulbuls each that are fed either invertebrates or fruits. We test the effect of diet on condition, immune function and the gut micro biome. To do this, I monitor how common bulbuls vary body mass throughout the day depending on diet and also collect blood samples and cloacal swabs fortnightly for immune assays and gut microbial analyses respectively.

Two aviaries, each divided in two rooms.
With a telescope from this balcony I was able to read the body mass of birds from a weighing scale with food on it in the aviary.
Set up for fortnight sampling of Common Bulbuls in the guest house.

Annabet Galema
University of Groningen, the Netherlands.

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.



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.


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



We are delighted to announce the 6th Annual A. P Leventis lecture scheduled to hold on the 24th of November, 2016, in University of Jos, Law Auditorium, Faculty of Law Main Campus Bauchi Road at 12.00 Noon; under the distinguished Chairmanship of Professor Sebastian Seddi Maimako ( B.Sc, MBA, Ph.D, FCA), Vice Chancellor, University of Jos.

The lecture will be presented by Dr. Hazell Thompson from Birdlife International Headquarters, Cambridge, UK. He will be speaking on the topic ” Developing capacity in Biodiversity Conservation: Theory and practice in Africa (and Globally) over the past decade”.



Dr. Hazell Thompson is currently the BirdLife’s Global Director for Partnership, Capacity and Communities. Before his appointment to the current position, he was the Regional Director of BirdLife International’s conservation programme in Africa. He is an Ornithologist by training with more than 25 years’ experience in capacity building.


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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.


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.


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 ( ) 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: OR for further enquiries.




5th Annual A. P Leventis Lecture Announcement; April 2016

We are glad to announce the 5th Annual A. P Leventis Lecture scheduled to hold on the 28th of April, 2016.

The lecture will have as guest speaker Professor Christopher Miles Perrins LVO, FRS from the University of Oxford UK.


Prof. Perrins is the former Director of the prestigious Edward Grey Institute of Field Ornithology, Oxford University, UK. He has over 40 years’ experience working in the field of ornithology and has published over 100 scientific articles. He will be speaking about the “Wytham Tits” whose populations he has studied for over 40 years.

The lecture will be under the distinguished Chairmanship of Professor Hayward Babale Mafuyai FRES, Vice Chancellor, University of Jos.

Venue: Multi-purpose Auditorium, University of Jos

Time: 10:00am prompt

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