We hope to elicit admiration and value for wildlife while instilling a sense of pride and protection for local and national resources.
The Drill Project was created to aid primate conservation on Bioko Island, specifically that of the drill . This goal will be achieved by garnering support for the 2007 governmental decree banning the hunting of primates on Bioko Island, which currently lacks enforcement. Awareness and education are key to stopping the destruction of the drills and many other species, which are frequently found in the local bushmeat market.
The Drill Project has created a documentary in Spanish which was given free of charge to Equatorial Guinea’s only television network (TVGE) and aired for public viewing. In addition, the film is shown locally in schools, villages and embassies. These screenings are combined with conservation presentations and workshops working closely with individuals and communities. The conservation film has been made in tandem with an international documentary which is set to be completed in 2014.
Our goal is to show the people of Bioko the animals that they share their incredible island with. The film follows Equato-guineans giving voice to the issues surrounding their national resources with the positive message of sustainability while highlighting the threats of poaching.
Sadly however, without such a campaign, many Equato-guineans may only see these primates as they are sold in the bushmeat market. While only seeing them as a material commodity instead of in their natural habitat, value may be misplaced favoring the exploitation of resources. As the drill’s habitat dwindles and hunters push deeper into the forest, the primates are forced further away from the people and placed out of thought. We hope that by using our abilities to capture these animals on film in the wild, Equato-guineans may be able to enjoy the rich biodiversity of the island and make positive decisions regarding its well being. The people of Equatorial Guinea alone hold the key to the drill’s survival. By working closely with community members and local officials, we hope to increase the value of wildlife and instill a sense of pride for their national resources.
Our ongoing outreach efforts are made possible by the incredible students of the National University of Equatorial Guinea (UNGE). These students continue to organize screening events paired with a conservation workshop to spread the message and gain awareness. They have taken on the responsibility of being the voice of conservation for their home country. Your support helps these students spread the message of conservation throughout the island in an attempt to change attitudes towards the hunting and consumption of the endangered species which are disappearing from the island.
Check out our calendar for upcoming events. If you have any ideas for getting the word out about the drills, endangered species, Bioko or the bushmeat trade, please feel free to contact us!