New Protected Area Manager receives warm welcome in Rhoko
Our new Protected Area Manager, Richard Mundy, travelled to Rhoko in early April where he will be stationed to run our forest conservation activities. Nicky formally presented Richard to the Iko Esai Chiefs’ Council in the house of Clan Head, Chief Etan. Richard explained to all those present that he was very pleased to be in Nigeria and excited to take on the new position in Rhoko camp. He spoke about his love for the forest and how impressed he was with the commitment of Iko Esai to conserve both forests and wildlife. Chief Etan concluded the rounds of speeches from all attendees by officially welcoming Richard to the community and telling him they are delighted that he has chosen to help them protect their community forest. As with all celebrations in Iko Esai, the speeches were followed by a several rounds of Kai Kai (distilled palm wine) shots.
The Rhoko staff were equally happy to welcome their new manager. After speeches from both Nicky and Richard, they all introduced themselves, and took the opportunity to ask many questions about Richard’s life and work back in Europe. Having met everyone, Richard quickly went to work – he has settled in well, and is already running the camp as if he has been there for months!
If you would like to work alongside Richard and Iko Esai community, we currently have a vacancy for a community conservation manager and would love to hear from you.