Earlier last month (http://www.africanpoliticsandpolicy.com/?p=1627) we noted how important for Nigeria high rates of economic growth to reduce poverty, and unfortunately the oil export is the only one main contributor to the economy. However, the current world economic situation with the low price of oil has created a situation where the oil-producing/oil-exporting countries start to seek new opportunities to diversify their economy. And the first resource which got into the African governments’ primary attention is the cultural and environmental uniqueness of the continent. Some of the countries are going to focus on developing cultural and creative industries (http://www.africanpoliticsandpolicy.com/?p=1692), some of them on attracting more tourists (http://www.africanpoliticsandpolicy.com/?p=1750).

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Nigeria decided to use both options to diversify its economy: to increase the importance of the movie industry (http://allafrica.com/stories/201602100145.html), and, recently, of eco-tourism (http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/03/ecological-heritages-can-offer-nigeria-best-alternative/?). In that context, yesterday the Nigeria Association of Zoological Gardens during the meeting with the Federal Government sounded the idea of using the zoological gardens and parks, i.e. ecological heritage, as an additional opportunity “to reduce the burden of mono-economy”.