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Equatorial Guinea: No Borders On Conservation

Protecting primates on Biko Island

A documentary will soon be released to help The drill (Mandrillus leucophaeus). The drill is a species of primate family Cercopithecidae. It is one of the most endangered primate species in the world. This primate can be seen on Biko Island.

Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program (BBPP), a jointly administered program with the Universidad Nacional de Guinea Ecuatorial (UNGE), have steered conservation efforts to protect this primate and others on Biko Island.

The Dril Project was created to produce a documentary in Spanish to be given free of charge to Equatorial Guinea’s television network (EGTV) to be aired for public viewing. In addition, the film will be shown locally in schools, villages and embassies. These screenings will also be combined with conservation presentations and workshops working closely with individuals and communities. This conservation film will be made in tandem with the international documentary using much of the same footage and interviews.

Primates are increasingly becoming a major ecotourism attraction, and primate-watching is growing in interest and serving as a key source of livelihood in many local communities living around protected areas in which these species occur. It is increasingly being recognized that forests make a major contribution in terms of ecosystem services for people, providing drinking water, food and medicines.

The documentary was supported with a grant from the U.S. Embassy in Malabo. The Spirit of Malabo, a recently launched ecotourism company based in New York, will soon book tours to explore this primate and others on Biko Island. For more information, visit facebook.com/spiritofmalabo.

Click here to watch the trailer: http://www.youtu.be/fa9_rtrWaRk.

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Lisa Samuels is a public relations officer at the MWG, which is based in New York City.