moka wildlife center
Opened in 2008, the BBPP Wildlife Research Center is the first scientific field station in the region. It is set in mountainous virgin rainforest near Moka Villages and serves as a training and research venue for scientists, students and others interested in the island’s wildlife.
The Research Center consists of two buildings: a two-story staff house with a small reception room and an outdoor teaching patio and a one-story building functioning as an education center, classroom, and a research lab. It is outfitted with indoor plumbing, a large scale water supply and pump system, electricity, and a high-speed internet connection.
The Center has hosted more than 1,000 visitors from over 40 countries, including scientists, university students, diplomats, school groups and Equatoguineans at large. Professors and students at UNGE have enjoyed fruitful collaborations with world-class scientists who regularly visit the Moka Center.
The Center has hosted training courses in biomonitoring strategies and ecoguard training for local Equatoguineans, a three-week tropical ecology course for Equatoguinean and American undergraduate students, and numerous educational programs for school groups of all ages. The station also serves as a base for long-term data collection with projects such as primate densities, avian population structure, and habitat surveys.
Research Center staff can arrange for guides to the local attractions (the Cascades of the Ilyadi River and the Pico Biao Crater Lake). Because of its cool climate and central location, Moka is the ideal place from which to explore and study Bioko Island's rich flora and fauna. For more information on visiting the Moka Wildlife center, click here.
The Research Center owes its existence to two generous grants from the ExxonMobil Foundation presented to Drexel University and BBPP as part of Foundation’s collaboration in the wildlife education, conservation and research mission of BBPP.
All photos seen above are credited to National Geographic Photographers Tim Laman, Ian Nichols, Joel Sartore, and Christian Ziegler as well as numerous members of BBPP (staff, students, and volunteers).