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Loango Chimpanzee Project

Directed by Tobias Deschner and Simone Pika

The Loango Chimpanzee Project (LCP) was founded in 2005. The focus of research is on behavioral ecology. Specifically, we investigate, among other topics, tool use, hunting behavior, territoriality, communication and diseases to gain a better understanding of the behavioral diversity and complexity in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes troglodytes) living in the Loango National Park in Gabon.

The Loango National Park is located in the south west of Gabon and borders the Atlantic Ocean. It consists of a mosaic of different habitat types varying from marine, coastal lagoons, mangrove swamps, coastal forest, secondary and primary forest and open savannah. It is ecologically distinct from other long-term chimpanzee sites thereby providing the rare opportunity to enable unique insights into chimpanzees’ behavioral plasticity.

Currently, research teams are able to track and follow all adult males and some adult females of the Rekambo community from early in the morning until late afternoon.