WACI Volunteer of the Month

WACI Volunteer for May is Nathaniel Owolabi


My interest in wildlife conservation started when I was in primary school, my family visits the University of Ibadan (UI) zoo and seeing the species excites me.

My brother got me a book on wildlife when I was in SS1, going through the book increased my interest and at that time I learnt about Prof. Olajumoke Morenikeji, she was the UI zoo Director then and her work in the zoo inspired me so much. We’ve been in touch since then, she calls me her friend and she’s been a massive source of inspiration to me in conservation work.

I have several people who inspired me with their work and interest in conservation. My Sub Dean at school, Dr A.T Adeyanju, is an Ornithologist,  my seniors who introduced me to bird watching, Uthman Oyebamiji and Abdullahi,  senior Ornithology friends, Mr Taiwo Adams, Mr Adewale Awoyemi and Mr Bibitayo Owolabi.


I got to know about WACI through the Executive Director, Miss Mary Adeyinka, I overheard her discussion with one of my senior who is an Intern too, Festus Adegbola.

I went online after their conversation and the work I saw blew my mind, I just knew this is a place for me, I applied, went through the assessment and got admitted eventually and the experience and knowledge acquisition so far has been amazing.

I am happy I am a part of this journey of ensuring we achieve a more sustainable world where wildlife thrives.

By Nathaniel Owolabi