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Research at Loango

Current projects focus on:

  • Demographic changes (long-term);
  • Linkage between environmental factors and communicative output;
  • Genetic, hormonal and pathogen analysis;
  • Intercommunity interactions;
  • Predation;
  • Tool use and cooperation.

Throughout the history of the project, the Loango Chimpanzee Project has contributed to the establishment and implementation of new methods for research and conservation. We aim to continue with innovative research projects that apply new tools to field research concerning endangered species. The camera trap data are and will continue to be of significant value to the conservation efforts of endangered species. Specific clips are included into the video data set of the Pan African program (PanAF) through the Chimp&See project, an initiative that aims to raise public awareness about wildlife conservation.

Publications

  • Estienne, V., Mundry, R., Kuehl, H.S., Boesch, C. 2017. Exploitation of underground bee nests by three sympatric consumers in Loango National Park, Gabon. Biotropica, 49 (1), 101-109.
  • Estienne V, Stephens C, Boesch C. 2017. Extraction of honey from underground bee nests by central African chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes troglodytes) in Loango National Park, Gabon: Techniques and individual differences. Am J Primatol, 79:e22672.
  • Rabanal, L. I., Kuehl, H., Mundry, R., Robbins, M. M., & Boesch, C. (2010). Oil prospecting and its impact on large rainforest mammals in Loango National Park, Gabon. Biological Conservation, 143(4), 1017-1024.
  • Boesch, C., Head, J., & Robbins, M. M. (2009). Complex tool sets for honey extraction among chimpanzees in Loango National Park, Gabon. Journal of Human Evolution, 56(6), 560-569.
  • Boesch, C., Head, J., Tagg, N., Arandjelovic, M., Vigilant, L., & Robbins, M. M. (2007). Fatal chimpanzee attack in Loango National Park, Gabon. International Journal of Primatology, 28(5), 1025-1034.