Nigeria has seven (7) national park managed by the government, they are: Okomu forest Reserve park, Gashaka Gumbi National park, Yankari National park, Cross River National park, Kumuku National park, Kainji Lake National park, Old Oyo National park.
Established not only to host tourists but also to protect animals that are prone and susceptible to extinction. This country which is known as the giant of Africa has few active wildlife hosting a handful of wild animals. Therefore, everything must be done to protect them before they either migrate to other parts of the world or become extinct.
According to the international union of the conservation of nature (IUCN), lions are among 23,000 species threatened with extinction. This is one of the reasons why in Zimbabwe, the death of 13 year old Cecil the lion caused uproar across the world. The lion was a familiar sight at Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park according to Reuters.
In Nigeria, despite the cash crunch, wildlife parks domiciled in different parts of the country still require government attention. If the government can deploy cash to revamp these parks, a steady stream of revenue is guaranteed in the future. So, no one will dare shoot dead a lion, Rather, a well thought out plan will be a conceived to Capture the animal alive.
Conservation of National Habitat
With the rise in hunting, deforestation and encroachment of animal spaces by man, the need to conserve the natural habitats of these animals is more of a concern to a Nigerian. Providing large spaces for these species and defense for them can create some awareness that Nigeria still have the nerve for wildlife conservation, even though some bad elements are depriving them of their space. In this case, Nigeria government still have a lot to do.
Cultural Heritage and Tourists Attraction
The image of a country is described for what it is known for and what it has in its stock such as, inventions, food, music, the people style and ways of living, art among many others. But what attracts citizens of other nations is cultural heritage because it brings values and so many benefits which are tourists attraction, thus, making the country stand out in terms of cultural belief.
Having a wildlife conservation arena will move people out of their homes and country all the way down to Nigeria. By doing so, the country will be known for its wildlife beliefs and for nurturing standards.
On the third of December, 2015 a lion reportedly escaped from the Jos wildlife park and caused a lot of panic among people residing around the zoo. It was later announced that the lion was shot dead by security forces. Upon the wild of a fled lion, many conservationist, concerned people and tourism enthusiasts have noted the rationale for shooting dead the animal. Questions like ‘why was a tranquilizer not used and why were soldiers and policemen sent to hunt down a lion rather than rangers?’ Have gone unanswered. The death of the lion exposed some of the shortcomings in Nigeria’s multi–million Naira Tourism Industry, which is yet to be fully explored by the governments.