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Research at Loango

Current projects focus on:

  • Ecological and social correlates of communication
  • Genetic and behavioral endocrinology
  • Health and disease prevention/monitoring
  • Intercommunity interactions
  • Predation
  • Tool use and cooperation
  • Biomonitoring with camera traps

Throughout the history of the project, we have 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 of significant value to the conservation efforts of many endangered species throughout the park. Our video footage, from camera traps dispersed across the study site, contribute to the growing database of the Pan African program (PanAF) through the Chimp&See project. This initiative aims to raise public awareness about wildlife conservation. 

Take a look.. you might even catch a glimse of some of the Rekambo chimps! 


  • Pika, S., Klein, H., Bunel, S., Baas, P., Théleste, E. and Deschner, T. (2019). Wild chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes troglodytes) exploit tortoises (Kinixys erosa) via percussive technology. Scientific Reports, 9(1).
  • Estienne, V. L., Robira, B., Mundry, R., Deschner, T., & Boesch, C. (2019). Acquisition of a complex extractive technique by the immature chimpanzees of Loango National Park, Gabon. Animal Behaviour, 147, 61-76. 
  • 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(1).
  • Oelze, V. M., Head, J. S., Robbins, M. M., Richards, M. P., & Boesch, C. (2014). Niche differentiation and dietary seasonality among sympatric gorillas and chimpanzees in Loango National Park (Gabon) revealed by stable isotope analysis. Journal of Human Evolution, 66(1), 95-106. 
  • 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.