The Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program (BBPP) is part of an academic partnership between Drexel University in Philadelphia and the Universidad Nacional de Guinea Ecuatorial (UNGE) in 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' monkey and greater spot-nosed monkey) by commercial shotgun hunting for the luxury bushmeat market in Malabo, the capital of Equatorial Guinea.

Four species of marine turtles come ashore to lay eggs on Bioko Island's southern beaches

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