The Goualougo Triangle Ape Project
Zoo researchers monitor great ape behavior, health, and tool use in a mature old growth forest inside the pristine Goualougo Triangle.
Working with Congolese Communities
Saving great apes and their habitats does not just involve implementing informed management practices, safe tourism, and conscientious research. It also requires valuing local human cultures and heritages.
Evaluating Logging Impacts
The Goualougo Triangle is protected parkland, but neighboring areas are open to development. Zoo scientists are studying sustainable logging in the region to try to build a blueprint to protect apes throughout Africa.
Studying Ape Behavior
Observations of individually recognized chimpanzees and gorillas over time is allowing researchers to better understand their respective societies, social structures, interactions, resource, and habitat needs.
Monitoring Ape Health
Individual health records from the Goualougo Triangle Ape Project and the Mondika Gorilla Project indicate seasonal patterns in respiratory outbreaks that impacted both species to varying degrees. These findings are used to inform best practice guidelines that facilitate more effective ape conservation.
Goualougo Video Lab
Zoo researchers in the Republic of Congo’s Goualougo Triangle study chimpanzees and gorillas in one of the most untouched ecosystems on earth. An extensive network of 65 motion-activated field cameras lets field scientists record ape behavior and tool use throughout the 200–square- mile site, increasing scientists’ understanding of these complex animals and the habitat they require.