Vidrige Kandza is conservation biologist and is a native Lingala speaker with extensive experience collecting a wide variety of data from populations living in the Congo Basin tropical forest, including the BaYaka. For example, Vidrige has habituated gorillas, conducted systematic surveys of national park employees, done field work on ethnobotanical knowledge and resource use among indigenous communities (BaYaka, Mbendjele, Ngombe and BaKola), and has performed nutritional analyses of various Congo Basin edible wild plants.
As a PhD student focused on the dynamics of inter-ethnic cooperation at the Department of Human Behavior, Ecology and Culture at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.
Vidrige Kandza is investigated the relationship between inter-ethnic groups. His research study seeks to understand why BaYaka forest foragers in the Republic of the Congo choose to practice shotgun hunting for hire despite apparently highly asymmetry benefits accrued by neighboring farming groups (BaYambe) who have exclusive ownership over shotguns and bullets.