Goualougo Triangle Field Diaries

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November 19, 2014
Close Up on Goualougo Camera Traps

Dozens of “camera traps” in the Republic of Congo’s remote Goualougo Triangle let zoo scientists record how chimpanzees use tools in the wild.

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September 3, 2013
Going Green for Research Power

Not long after we initiated the Goualougo Triangle Ape Project, it became increasingly apparent that having power at our camp site would be incredibly beneficial.

April 12, 2013
Expecting and Exploring

What’s new in the Goualougo Triangle? DNAInfo.com shares the latest from the zoo research site, a pristine landscape home to thousands of gorillas and chimpanzees.

January 22, 2013
Catching “Honey Pounding” on Camera

The BBC production crew looking to document honey pounding poses with the Goualougo Triangle Ape Project field staff.

January 8, 2013
Goualougo Triangle Ape Project on the Discovery Channel

Ever wanted to travel to zoo research sites in Africa? Tonight, the Discovery Channel will offer an exclusive look at African wildlife—including the chimpanzees studied for the Goualougo Triangle Ape Project. Tune in to “Africa” at 7 p.m. tonight!

October 15, 2012
Life in the Field

St. Louis Public Radio talks with Goualougo Triangle Ape Project directors David Morgan, Ph.D., and Crickette Sanz, Ph.D., about what it's like to study wild chimpanzees and gorillas in one of the most remote regions on Earth.

August 28, 2012
Recognizing a World Class Forest Landscape in the Heart of Africa

An aerial photo of Nouabale Ndoki National Park and one of its signature forest clearings called Mbeli Bai. Included in the World Heritage Site designation, this clearing is known for its importance to gorillas, elephants, sitatunga antelope and birds.
February 17, 2012
A Conservation Success Story
Lincoln Park Zoo Research Fellow Dave Morgan poses with wife and research partner Crickette Sanz in the Republic of Congo's Goualougo Triangle. This pristine home for chimpanzees and gorillas was recently protected as part of the national park system.
 
February 16, 2012
Protecting a Refuge for Great Apes

By adding the Goualougo Triangle to the national park system, the Republic of Congo has ensured this pristine landscape will remain untouched. As a result, zoo researchers will continue to make groundbreaking discoveries about wild chimpanzees and gorillas for decades to come.

October 13, 2011
Learning from the Zoo in the Last Place on Earth

New approaches for collecting behavioral data are rapidly changing not only the way researchers record observations but also the scope of the questions they ask. At the Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes, gone are the days of painstakingly entering data into a computer. Lincoln Park Zoo behavioral-monitoring researchers regularly collect detailed, systematic data on resident apes that can be analyzed once the information is simply uploaded from the handheld.

July 28, 2011
Observing Apes

Elo, a subadult female chimpanzee living in the Goualougo Triangle, hammers the blunt end of a large tree branch against a tree trunk to break open a beehive and acquire honey. This chimpanzee is particularly significant to me because she is named after the director of the Lester E.

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