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The Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program "BBPP" is part of an academic partnership with the Universidad Nacional de Guinea Ecuatorial ("UNGE," Malabo, Equatorial Guinea). BBPP’s mission is the conservation of Bioko Island’s biodiversity, especially its critically endangered primates and nesting sea turtles, through the development of economically sustainable educational programs, research programs and conservation activities that demonstrate the greater value of wildlife alive, rather than dead as bushmeat.
The immediate problem facing BBPP is the dramatic loss of rare primates (7 species, including the Bioko drill, black colobus, Pennant’s red colobus, red-eared guenon, crowned guenon, Preuss’s monkey and greater spot-nosed monkey) by commercial shotgun hunting for the luxury bushmeat market in Malabo, the capital of Equatorial Guinea.
-BBPP works throughout Bioko Island:
Developing UNGE's Potential
"In the end, we conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught."
- Baba Dioum, Senegalese poet
Central to BBPP's mission is developing UNGE's educational capacity to serve as a center for biodiversity conservation. We seek to improve management skills, English-language proficiency, teaching skills and work ethic. We also pursue projects to develop UNGE's infrastructure, improving classrooms, office equipment, computers and telecommunications and providing Internet access.
To learn more about BBPP, consult the sections on our history, supporters, leadership and news. In particular, we suggest reading the Philadelphia Inquirer's eight-part series on BBPP, published in 2005.