The City of Jos in Plateau State is one popular place that the Average Nigerian is at the least curious about and at most wishes to visit. It has produced many popular music Artistes like P-Square, MI Abaga, Ice Prince, Jesse Jagz and many more. So it was a delight when our vehicle finally made the entrance into Jos after a 4-hour drive from Abuja.
Our first stop was the Jos Wildlife Park. It costs two hundred Naira per Person to get into the Park. We requested for tour guides and were told “they were not around”. Mind you, this was on Easter Saturday which ideally should be one of the peak periods for tourists to visit such a place. We were assured of our safety and told to just drive around on our own. This didn’t seat well with Asia; a member of our Tour group who had been to the Wildlife parks in Kenya. She insisted that it was dangerous for us to be on our own in the wild. Eventually we threw caution and her complaints to the wind and drove in. I mean, we didn’t come this far just to end up not seeing the Jos Wildlife Park simply because there were no Tour Guides.
Now roaming on our own, we came across the pine forest. A large section covered only by rows of pine trees. To our left, under the pine trees, people were decorating and arranging chairs, it was apparent that a wedding reception would hold there later in the day. We took a couple of pictures here and drove further into the Jos Wildlife Park.
While driving, we saw a group of women starring into a cage, we concluded that definitely, there must be something of interest in the cage; it was a small jackal. A further drive into the Park revealed a Camel, and eventually an Elephant. I would devote a paragraph to the Elephant later in this Article, but for now, here is a picture of the Camel.
Suspecting that we may not see any animal of repute before leaving the Jos Wildlife Park, we decided to stop and take pictures of ourselves. At least that would serve as a sort of compensation, innit?
The interesting thing about our discovery of the Elephant was that we had driven past that section of the Park before and only got back there accidentally. Once we came down from the car, the Elephant started walking towards us. However a large circular tunnel wouldn’t allow it cross over. I do not know exactly why it came towards us, but looking back now it was most probably for us to feed it and rub it’s trunk. Elephants are by nature emotional beings and it was obvious that this elephant was sad, love-starved, hungry, thirsty and malnourished. It’s eyes were teary and we felt nothing but pity for the poor creature.
We threw the elephant two avocados and it swallowed both within seconds. That was the best we could do, so we left the elephant in the hands of Eledumare (God) and continued the tour.
The rest of our drive round the Jos Wildlife Park only turned up a couple of empty cages and a few filled with birds and two ostriches and that was it. We decided to compensate ourselves one more time by taking some more pictures.