Of the initial estimated 53 Sq. kilometers of the Ogba forest reserve, what is now left is about 1 squre km, which is within the Ogba Zoo. Massive depletion of this forest reserve took place because of its proximity to Benin, where hunger for urban land, illegal farming and hardwood are the vogue. Even the Ogba Zoo had nearly two sq km of urban forest, but it is now under severe threats from local communities and other land grabbers, as well as poachers. The Ogba Zoo management, which I head, has spent more than 7 years trying to deal with massive encroachment on the Zoo land, which started under the guise of Govt dereservation of outlying forest reserves., but I see the Conrade Governor putting an end to this charade soon.