Protect Gorillas! Stop This Dangerous Nigerian Superhighway

Nigerian superhighway has been scaled back – but critical rainforest habitat remains in danger. Let's keep the pressure on!

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.
Subject: Reroute the Superhighway

Dear Governor Ayade

I appreciate your consideration of local communities and the irreplaceable wildlife heritage of the Cross River State in your decision to suspend plans for a 20km-wide buffer for a proposed superhighway through Nigeria's Cross River State.

This decision is a critical first step, but the proposed route through one of Nigeria's last rainforests would be catastrophic, destroying thousands of acres of ancestral forest, harming the livelihoods of indigenous communities, and demolishing some of the last-remaining habitat of the highly endangered Cross River gorilla, as well as other threatened species such as the chimpanzee, pangolin, and forest elephant.

The construction of a large highway through wildlife-rich forests will have a devastating impact on many species. The development would also open up formerly inaccessible areas of forests, which will undoubtedly lead to increased wildlife poaching in the region.

I urge you to make the best decision for local communities and wildlife and move the project away from Nigeria's most biodiverse forests. These intact forests are vitally important for eco-tourism, water resources, and habitat for a long list of endangered species.

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