We perform surveys in the forest, in schools and communities to study the links existing between land snails and slugs, their habitats and people living in São Tomé and Príncipe Island.
Some examples of the current research questions addressed are: What do Santomean children know about native and exotic biodiversity and what animals they prefer to protect? Can a visit to the Obô Giant Snail Center change their perception of biodiversity? How is the diversity and abundance of land snail species affected by forest degradation? What is the socio-economic and nutritional importance of giant land snails in São Tomé Island? What is the informal value chain associated to the exploitation of the species? What is the origin of the Obô Giant Snail native population?
The research is developed through the university of Lisbon and the university of São Tomé and Príncipe (PhD and MSc students) and the collaboration independent researchers, local entities and NGOs.
- Lisbon University – Snails, forest and people: ecology and conservation of terrestrial molluscs on a tropical island
- Mohamed Bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund – Obô Snail project
- Holyoak et al. 2020 A checklist of the land Mollusca (Gastropoda) of the islands of São Tomé and Príncipe, with new records and description of new taxa. Iberus, 38, 219-319.