Group Mourns OAU’s Veterinary Technologist Olabode Olawuyi

February 23, 2024
Olabode Olawuyi

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

The Nigeria Biodiversity Conservation Alliance (NBCA) has expressed sadness over the death of the Veterinary Technologist of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Mr Olabode Olawuyi, a few days ago.

Mr Olawuyi was fatally mauled by a lion at the Zoological Garden of the institution.

In a statement signed by the National President of the Nigerian Association of Zoological Gardens and Wildlife Parks (NAZAP), Mr Dipo Bali, the group said the deceased was a man who was dedicated to his job and the organisations he belonged to in his lifetime.

Mr Olawuyi, apart from being a dedicated veterinary technologist, was a former Public Relations Officer (PRO) of NAZAP.

He was described as a pillar of the Nigerian zoological community, especially for his unwavering commitment to wildlife conservation and exceptional service.

“He had dedicated years to the OAU Zoological Garden, providing exemplary care to its resident lion, whom he had nurtured since its birth.

“The NBCA acknowledges the ongoing investigation into the circumstances surrounding Mr Olawuyi’s passing.

“As an organization dedicated to wildlife protection and preservation in Nigeria, we recognize the inherent risks associated with working with wild animals.

“We remain steadfast in advocating for the strictest adherence to safety protocols and established guidelines to ensure the well-being of both wildlife caretakers and the animals under their care.

“The NBCA remains committed to closely monitoring the situation and collaborating with relevant authorities to prevent similar tragedies from unfolding in the future,” a part of the statement said.

NBCA also commensurate with OAU over the loss, assuring of its “unwavering support” to the school’s Zoological Garden and its staff during this period of immense loss.

“In memory of Mr Olabode Olawuyi, we pledge to redouble our efforts towards promoting responsible wildlife management practices and fostering a robust safety culture within the zoological and animal care fields. His dedication and passion will forever serve as an inspiration to us all,” it said.

Modupe Gbadeyanka

Modupe Gbadeyanka is a fast-rising journalist with Business Post Nigeria. Her passion for journalism is amazing. She is willing to learn more with a view to becoming one of the best pen-pushers in Nigeria. Her role models are the duo of CNN's Richard Quest and Christiane Amanpour.

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