Sep 27, 2022
WILDLIFE WEEKLY SEASON 2 EP 4 (The manatees of Lagos)
The West African Manatee is listed as ‘Vulnerable’ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Incidental capture in nets, and hunting for meat, skin, bones and oil occurs throughout most of its range, including in coastal towns and villages in Nigeria.
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, there are an estimated 10,000 manatees along the coast of West Africa, but its population is rapidly declining. Hunting manatees is illegal in Nigeria yet endangered mammals remain targeted, sought after for its meat, oil and organs, used in traditional medicine. In this spoke we spoke to Dr. Bolaji Dunsin, a Nigerian scientist, who is saving African manatees by working with fishermen at Lekki Lagoon.