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 facility 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 with an education center, a classroom, and a research lab. It is outfitted with indoor plumbing, a large scale water supply and pump system, electricity, and high-speed Internet.
The MWC has hosted more than 1,000 visitors from over 40 countries, including scientists, university students, diplomats, school groups and Equatoguineans. 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 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.
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.