Friday, September 18, 2009
Nigeria Spring fever in Lagos is racing fever. Young Lagosians drape themselves over a fence at the track to get a close look at their hero, the jockey on his mount. When the racing season is on in Nigeria, the jockey is the man of the hour. April 8, 1961.
Even the women in Lagos love the ponies. Nigerian ladies dig into their handbags to place a bet on a favorite horse.
Founded in 1990, the Lekki Conservation Centre, on Lagos' Lekki Pennisula, aims to preserve the region's delicate ecosystem for future generations. Mona monkeys, crocodiles, bush bucks, Maxwell duikers and giant rats are just some of the animals you can spot.
A habitat of swamp and Savannah, the center is equipped with nature trails and various tree platforms from where visitors can fully appreciate the beautiful landscape. The area is fenced in and under 24-hour surveillance by patrollers to keep visitors safe. While there is no entry fee, it is best to have some change handy.