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Exclusive Screening: The Drill Project

March 11, 2013

Drill Monkey

Thousands of miles away on Bioko Island of Equatorial Guinea, Drexel researchers have been working to save the endangered primate species Mandrillus leucophaeus, or the drill monkey. These rare animals are threatened with extinction due to the increasing bushmeat trade in West Africa. The Drill Project is a conservation initiative and wildlife documentary featuring never-before-seen footage of the drill in its natural habitat. The film was shot entirely by Drexel biologist Dr. Shaya Honarvar and conservation biologist and director Justin Jay.

The film is currently airing on television in Equatorial Guinea but has not been seen anywhere else in the world. Please join us for an exclusive screening on April 15, 2013 from 6:00PM-8:00PM to learn how Drexel is playing a unique conservation role in West Africa—one aimed at educating the local public, not condemning. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Dr. Shaya Honarvar; biologist Dr. Gail Hearn, who leads Drexel’s conservation efforts on Bioko; Justin Jay, the film’s director; and Ph.D. candidate Jake Owens, who studies the drills in the wild.

Watch the trailer and learn more about "The Drill Project" here or read the featured article from Drexel magazine ยป

The screening will be held in Mitchell Auditorium of the Bossone Research Enterprise Center (3140 Market Street). This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served following the screening.