The environmental biologist Oriol Colomo has launched a collective fundraising campaign ‘crowdfunging’ in collaboration with the GoFundMe platform to investigate the species ‘Mandrilus leucophaeus’, known as the drill primate in Equatorial Guinea, specifically in Pico Basilé , where the species is limited and in danger of extinction.
The ‘Mandrilus leucophaeus’, better known by the name of drill, is one of the least known and most threatened primate species worldwide due to habitat loss and illegal hunting. According to the biologist, research on the species has been carried out mainly in Cameroon and Nigeria, while the populations that live in Bioko -located in the forests of the south ( Caldera de Luba ) and the mountains of the central part (Pico Basilé National Park) )- are very little known.
Colomo argues that the biologist says that none of the research on the species clarifies whether there is still a population on Pico Basilé. His objective with the GoFundMe platform is to investigate for three months the presence “of this characteristic species in the mountains of the central part of the island of Bioko”, which would entail a “great change” in perspective of such a rare and rare species. threatened.
In the area, it will search for the presence of these primates in three different phases, based on various prospecting methodologies within the study area to study the direct presence and indirect signs of these animals in the area.
In the first phase, it will set up 15 trap cameras; Next, paths will be opened through the vegetation to function as routes for the linear transects and reconnaissance of the area. Finally, in the third phase, the biologist will replicate the transects when returning to each area to collect the camera traps. The NGO The Drill Project collaborates in the project, which has donated the camera traps for the study and which provides other aspects of logistical support.
Likewise, Colomo explains that the knowledge derived from the research will be used to design future conservation plans, other research, as well as based on social changes in terms of environmental education or awareness about the consumption of wild meat in the zone.