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Bioko Red colobus (Procolobus pennantii)

Mohamed bin Zayed Species project number 172516206

Understanding spatio-temporal patterns of bushmeat hunting on Bioko Island, through passive acoustic monitoring, to develop more efficient protection

Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 172516206) - Bioko Red colobus - Awarded $11,500 on December 01, 2017

Bushmeat trade, or the comercial hunting of wild animals, is one of the main threats to Bioko Island's diurnal primates. In collaboration with the Drexel University's Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program, and the National University of Equatorial Guinea, we are working towards reducing the supply and demand for primates in Bioko. 

For the next 24 months, I will deploy an array of acoustic sensors across the Gran Caldera Scientific Reserve, one of the most pristine forest in Central Africa, and the only remaining area in Bioko that still holds all seven diurnal primate species, including the endemic Bioko red colobus  (Piliocolobus pennantii). I will use shotgun sounds to identify spatio-temporal changes in hunting patterns to predict hunter's movements and shifting hunting intensity across the Gran Caldera. This information will be used to inform concurrent monitoring and anti-poaching activities.  

By better understanding bushmeat hunting, we will be able to develop more effective conservation strategies. We hope this work will serve to halt the steady decline that Bioko's primates have suffered over the last two decades. 

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