The 95,000-acre Goualougo Triangle region first came to prominence during biologist Mike Fay’s 1999 Megatransect across Africa. (Fay hiked 2,000 miles across Africa to chronicle the wildlife he encountered as well as the need to preserve it.) While the Goualougo Triangle and neighboring Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park are protected lands, neighboring forests are increasingly subject to habitat loss, commercial bushmeat hunting and the emergence of disease. This vulnerability highlights the need for research programs such as the Goualougo Triangle Ape Project.
The Goualougo Triangle Ape Project’s research team aims to minimize its low impact on the pristine landscape. Living quarters, labs, offices and a kitchen and dining area are constructed from tents, tarps, branches and mud bases. All food and supplies are brought in by boat and on foot (with garbage leaving on the return voyage). While the camp infrastructure is rustic, the research employs advanced technology. Solar panels provide green power to laptops, rechargeable batteries and research equipment.
In addition to chimpanzees and gorillas, the pristine landscape of the Goualougo Triangle is home to animals including elephants, leopards, buffalo, crocodiles and even electric fish. Get a closer look at the animals of the Goualougo Triangle with these Lincoln Park Zoo fact sheets.
Western lowland gorilla
Allen’s swamp monkey
Black-and-white colobus monkey
Red river hog
Learn more at the Goualougo Triangle Ape Project website.