November 26, 2011
This weekend Rocky & I went on an early hike to see the wildlife at the Lekki Conservation Centre. The Lekki Conservation Centre (LCC) is one of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) foremost conservation project sites. It is located on the Lekki Peninsula and covers a land area of 78 hectare. The oil giant, Chevron Nigeria Limited has been LCC’s sole benefactor from inception till date. The LCC Complex foundation pillar & plaque was unveiled on 18 February 1989 by the President of World Wildlife Foundation, His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. The LCC was solely established to serve as a conservation icon of Nigeria’s southwest coastal mangrove resources and an information centre for environmental education. Over 1.5m tourists of more than 100 nations have visited the sited LCC since inception. The land is divided into two sections: LCC Complex and the nature reserve. The nature reserve traverses a mosaic of vegetation types, namely: secondary forest, swamp forest and Savanna grassland A trail boardwalk was constructed in 1992 to the enrich tourists/visitors view of the vast resources of the nature reserve which is encapsulated on a mangrove terrain. The trail stretches a length of 2 Km. some of the side attractions along the trail are swamp outlook, bird hide, rest stops and the tree house. The tree house is one of the most fascinating features one can ever come across in an ecotourism zone. The tree house, stylishly seated on a stout dawadawa tree rises above 25m. A well protected ladder is ruggedly mounted behind the tree to enable nature enthusiasts reach to tree house to savor the panoramic view of the tree canopy.