Prof. Olajumoke Abimbola Morenikeji has a Zoology degree from the University of Ibadan, and a Ph.D in Parasitology. As an Academic, she has over 100 published papers and 4 books. She has gotten Scholarships, Fellowships and Grants from the University of Ibadan, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND), The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), WHO Multilateral Initiative on Malaria and Tropical Diseases Research (MIM/TDR), Harvard School of Public Health, The Department of Biotechnology of the Ministry of Science and Technology in India – The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS-DBT), United States Government and Chicago Zoological Society.
She has attended and presented papers in several local and international conferences. She was the Keynote Speaker at the International Pangolin Symposium by the Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo in the United States.
Prof. Morenikeji is passionate about the environment and biodiversity conservation. She was the Director of the University of Ibadan Zoological Garden from September 2010 to July 2016. She is an Alumnus of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), a Premier Professional Exchange Program by the U.S. Department of State (Our Planet – Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Program). She is Fellow of the Zoological Society of Nigeria (ZSN), Pioneer President of the Nigerian Association of Zoological Gardens and Wildlife Parks (NAZAP), Chairperson Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library Wildlife Park and Chair Pangolin Conservation Guild Nigeria. She is a Member of the University of Ibadan Animal Care and Use Research Ethics Committee (ACUREC) and Member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN SSC pangolin specialist group). Her love for wildlife conservation birthed the Pangolin Conservation Guild Nigeria.