Update: 3/16/17: WCS Nigeria staff attended an important meeting about the superhighway in Calabar on 3/16/17, where the Cross River State government verbally agreed to reroute the superhighway away from the Ekuri community forest. Thanks to the pressure you helped to create, Cross River gorilla habitat is no longer threatened, but habitat for vulnerable species like chimpanzees, forest elephants, and pangolins continues to be threatened. The route still cuts through Cross River National Park, Ukpon River Forest Reserve, and Cross River South Forest Reserve, so now more than ever we need to keep the pressure on. Tell the Nigerian government today: spare these protected areas and revise the Environmental Impact Assessment.
UPDATE 2/20/17: Cross River State is threatening Nigeria’s federal government with a three-week ultimatum to approve the proposed superhighway or else they will take over management of Cross River National Park. This means we only have until March 13 to stop them from bulldozing irreplaceable rainforest. The superhighway MUST be rerouted. Sign the petition now.
Together, we delivered over 100,000 signatures to the Nigerian Embassy in Washington opposing the planned superhighway that would destroy rainforest habitat for some of the most endangered species on Earth. And the pressure is working!
On Wednesday, Feb. 15, the government of Cross River State announced they have canceled plans for the 12-mile-wide buffer for the proposed superhighway through the state. This is a huge win for wildlife and the Ekuri People, but vital habitat for the highly endangered Cross River gorilla, as well as chimpanzees, forest elephants, and pangolins is still in the superhighway's path of destruction.
It is vital that the route be changed in order to protect the rainforest and the communities and animals who depend on it. We've got the Governor's attention — now let's turn up the pressure.
Send a message to Governor Ben Ayade to thank him for dropping the destructive 12-mile buffer and to urge him to reroute the superhighway to save the rainforest for the gorillas, elephants and other species who call it home.
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Dear President Buhari, Minister Jibril, and Governor Ayade