Tuesday, June 28, 2011
The Congo Basin is considered among the last strongholds for protecting tropical forest biodiversity. Located in the heart of this region, the Goualougo Triangle of the Nouabale-Ndoki National Park is one of the most important forest-rich regions, with enormous potential for conserving animal and plant diversity.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Hello from Republic of Congo! Last Friday, I arrived at Maya Maya airport in the country’s capital city of Brazzaville with Crickette Sanz, Ph.D., David Morgan, Ph.D., and fellow graduate student Ashley van Batavia (Washington University in St. Louis). For years I have wanted to study wild apes in Africa; I can’t believe that I am here!
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Among the best news we receive in the Goualougo Triangle is when a chimpanzee birth is recorded. Part of the reason why these apes are in danger of extinction is that new additions to chimpanzee communities are rare, with births infrequent. Long-term monitoring indicates female chimpanzees produce offspring on average every five or more years.
Friday, May 14, 2010
One of the most rewarding aspects of our conservation and research efforts in the Goualougo Triangle is the opportunity to work side by side with some of the most talented and courageous animal trackers in all Central Africa. Crickette and I have often remarked that members of the Goualougo tracking team could have long ago earned Ph.D.’s based on their deep understanding of the forests and wildlife. Their tireless work ethic and genuine interest in assisting in our research endeavors are the foundation to the success of the GTAP.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Tropical forests are one of the most challenging environments in which to work. Beyond the physical conditions themselves, forests can be problematic for research because detailed observations can be extremely difficult to achieve. A dense understory, large trees with connecting canopies and elusive study animals challenge even the best and most-dedicated observers. Conditions like these have led many to search for alternative, high-tech solutions for assistance.
Goualougo Triangle Field Diaries
Lincoln Park Zoo is helping to conserve the apes and gorillas of the living in the pristine forest of the Republic of Congo’s Goualougo Triangle. Our Goualougo Triangle field diaries feature the latest updates on studies of ape behavior, tool-use and the impact of logging on these endangered animals.
David Morgan, Ph.D.
A research fellow with Lincoln Park Zoo’s Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes, Morgan is co-director of the Goualougo Triangle Ape Project.
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