Wildlife and research

Wild game, known in Africa as bushmeat, is consumed as a delicacy on Bioko Island. At BBPP, we conduct an ongoing survey of the island's primates in an effort to learn how to best protect these species and educate locals on the importance of biodiversity conservation.

Nearly 200 species of birds can be found on Bioko Island. BBPP conducts a monitoring program in the areas around our Moka Wildlife Center. This ongoing project, in addition to filling in a major information gap about the ecology around the MWC, has become one of the keystone projects of the Drexel Study Abroad Field Research in Tropical Ecology course.

Four species of sea turtles come ashore to lay their eggs on Bioko Island's southern beaches from November to February. BBPP currently focuses on the nesting ecology of the marine turtles, while seeking to improve and advance the data collection on the Island.

BBPP investigates the importance of ecological factors along the elevational gradient in driving population divergence using amphibians as a model. Second, BBPP focuses research on whether amphibians on Bioko Island can cope with ongoing climate change and if they can adapt to new environmental conditions.

BBPP: striving to conserve wildlife in a changing environment . . .

All photos 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).