Target: Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of Equatorial Guinea
Goal: Stop hunting the highly endangered red colobus monkey for its meat.
A highly endangered monkey is facing extinction due to overhunting in Equatorial Guinea’s Bioko Island. The red colobus monkey is the most threatened primate in Africa as the species’ loud, barking call makes it an easy target for hunters. These monkeys are already threatened by habitat loss, and the rising demand for their meat has made their numbers rapidly decline. The species will never survive if hunters continue to kill them off for their meat.
The demand for monkey meat on Bioko Island is so high that all seven of the island’s endangered primate species are targeted by hunters who then sell their meat to vendors. Wild animal meat has become a status symbol and a way to show off wealth in many parts of Africa, and monkey meat is a popular item at the Malabo market on the coast of Bioko Island. As a result, the hunting and trade of endangered monkeys like the red colobus is thriving despite a presidential decree that has banned the killing and eating of the island’s primate species since 2007.
Monkeys are slow to reproduce, so once a species starts to dwindle it takes time to recover. They are also invaluable to the forest ecosystem as seed dispersers, and need to be protected to maintain the forest habitat. Sign the petition below to demand an increase in law enforcement to protect the primate species of Bioko Island, and keep the critically endangered red colobus monkey from going extinct.
Dear President Mbasogo,
The illegal hunting of endangered primate species on Bioko Island must be put to an end. All seven of the island’s native monkey species are endangered, and the red colobus monkey in particular is near extinction due to overhunting. The red colobus is very vocal, and its loud call makes it an easy target for hunters who then sell its meat to vendors at the Malabo market.
The demand for wild animal meat is very high right now as a status symbol, and monkey meat is popular as a delicacy among the wealthy. As a result, highly endangered species like the red colobus are being hunted despite the 2007 presidential decree that bans the killing and eating of Bioko Island’s primate species.
The hunting of these monkeys is not only illegal but also highly damaging to the forest’s ecosystem, as monkeys are invaluable seed dispersers. They also reproduce slowly, meaning that recovery is a long and gradual process once a species is facing dwindling numbers like the red colobus. I am urging you to increase law enforcement and post additional forest guards to protect these species from being hunted for their meat. Please take every action to end illegal hunting and protect the red colobus from extinction.
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Photo Credit: Jonathan Stonehouse