Drill Ranch, Cross River.

Drill Ranch, Calabar

Drill Ranch Description


Drill Ranch was founded in 1991. The DRBC is the region’s first primate rehab project. Illegally held drills orphaned by hunting are donated by local citizens or handed over after seizure by authorities; no animals are purchased or removed from the wild.

Over 75 drills have been recovered, and rehabilitated to life with members of their own species, after thorough medical screening. In western zoos, drills have reproduced poorly, but the DRBC has recorded over 250 births to rehabilitated wild-born parents and their offspring, making the project the world’s most successful captive breeding program for an endangered primate. Today, 286 drills live in 6 family groups, each in their own natural habitat electrified enclosure of up to 9 ha.

There are plans to release the first group back to the wild in 2008. Drill Ranch is also home to 28 orphan chimpanzees. As man’s closest relative, the chimpanzees add greatly to visitor education by stimulating interest and sympathy for wildlife.

The Drill Ranch and rehabilitation center is a wildlife sanctuary that hopes to preserve and ensure continuity of the endangered primate species drills. It serves to rehabilitate drills with members of their species and also provides a safe haven for orphaned chimpanzees.


There are no services rendered here as the national forest is not properly managed.


Drill Ranch has it beautiful environment full with all kinds of animals around the forest.


Drill Ranch can be visited at any time of the year.


Historians, Photographers, couples, tourists, and fun lovers.


Drill Ranch is not safe at night as there are no security agents around the forest and one needs to be extremely careful.


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Drill Ranch, Calabar

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