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Drill Monkey eating a Papaya

Drill Monkey eating a Papaya

Year: 2011, Month: February

Nigeria > Cross River > Ikom

Have you ever heard of a Drill monkey? Before I visited Nigeria, I never had. Vervets, Marmosets, Lemurs and Langurs are all quite common, but Drill monekys? Who has heard of those?

At the Drill Ranch at Afi Mountain, you will both hear of and meet plenty of them. The Drill Ranch is both sanctuary and captive breeding program - its a world famous landmark in Boki, and well worth a visit if you are in the area. Here's some information from one of their handouts:

The Drill Ranch was established in the community forest of Buanchor Village on the southeast flank of Afi Mountain in 1993. Of all the beautiful places in Cross River State, Peter and Liza chose it beacause of its strategic location. Our NGO 'Pandrillu' hoped that by locating the Drill Ranch here, we would help bring a conservation initiative to Afi Mountain.

Eleven years later, we felt we have succeeded: the sanctuary has been legally gazetted by CRSG, and 3 other NGOs have joined hands. Fot its lasting success the sanctuary now depends on the interest and vigilance of all citizens in surrounding communities. The Drill Ranch thanks you for your support to date for this special conservation initiative, which has put this part of Boki on the map worldwide.

Drill Ranch is the world's most successful captive breeding program for an endangered monkey. More than 150 drills have been born here. In 2002 the first birth of drill twins ever recorded happened here in Boki Forest. This year Drill Ranch recorded its third generation birth. The baby's great grandmother 'Bemi' was donated to the project from Wula in 1991 and is still living at Drill Ranch. You are welcome to visit the Drill Ranch any day of the year and there is no charge for a guided tour by a staff member.

The heart of the project is our 5 groups of drill monkeys - 'kisong', kisoh, or keshuam' in Boki. Each of the 5 family groups lives in their own fenced enclosure of the forest. The expert staff will explain to you how the animals live and their disiplined social lifestyle.

At the Drill Ranch you will also see chimpanzees - 'irua' or 'edua' in Boki = living in their forest home. It is also very easy to see wild Mona monkeys - 'efu efuo' which have come to the project to live on their own.

If you have not made a visit to Drill Ranch please do so - you will be highly welcome.

For further information, contact:

The Editor,
Afi Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary,
CRS Forestry Comission,
P.M.B. 1009, Calabar,
Nigeria

Tel: 234-87-232433

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