Collaborators

The Goualougo Triangle Ape Project is built on a team-based approach. Read more about some of the people involved in this groundbreaking work. The success of the conservation and research activities of the Goualougo Triangle Ape Project is largely due to the support and active involvement of Congolese government officials, wildlife biologists, university students and local stakeholders

The Goualougo Triangle Ape Project staff has collaborative affiliations with well-established institutions and scientists who bring diverse perspectives, experiences, and resources to this project.

Fiona “Boo” Maisels, Regional Monitoring Coordinator, WCS-Congo

Goualougo_BooDr. Maisels coordinates research in the NNNP and regional monitoring efforts in northern Congo. She has provided invaluable research insights and training for research assistants throughout this project.

Samantha Strindberg, Living Landscapes Program, Wildlife Conservation Society

Goualougo_SStringbergDr. Strindberg is a statistical ecologist with WCS. Our collaborative research projects include the improvement of survey methods to estimate ape abundance, effectively monitoring apes in the Goualougo Triangle, and documenting the effect of logging on chimpanzees and gorillas.

Domingos Dos Santos, Conservator, Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park, Ministère de l’Economie Forestière et du Développement Durable, Republic of Congo

Goualougo_Domingos_DosDos Santos serves as the conservator of the Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park. He is responsible for implementing protection measures in and around the National Park and acts as a liaison for the project to the Congolese government.

Ken Cameron, Global Health Program, Wildlife Conservation Society

Goualougo_Ken_CameroonWorking with the Global Health Program, the Goualougo Triangle Ape Project continues to monitor the health of apes in the study area. Cameron oversees our involvement in collaborative projects with WCS-GHP to conduct field research on the physiological impacts of human disturbance on apes and preventative health measures.

Trish Reed, Global Health Program, Wildlife Conservation Society

Reed_Workshop_BomassaDr. Reed has coordinated regional efforts to implement an Ebola Action Plan and Wild Animal Mortality Monitoring Network.

Mimi Arandjelovic, Max Planck Institute

Goualougo_MimiMimi is the Research director for the Pan African Great Ape Population Surveillance Program. Goualougo is one the study sites participating in this program. Mimi has also been integral in developing an outreach program and identifying collaborative conservation opportunities for the Goualougo Triangle Ape Project.

Tobias Deschner, Max Planck Institute

Goualougo_Tobias_DeschnerDr. Deschner is heading the newly established Endocrinology Laboratory at MPI and will oversee endocrine analysis of fecal samples.

Elizabeth Lonsdorf, Director, Assistant Professor, Franklin and Marshall College

Goualougo_Elo_LonsdorfWe are collaborating with Dr. Lonsdorf to establish a database for our long-term demographic and observation data on wild chimpanzees, which will be modeled after the Gombe database. We also hope to utilize their existing online database to monitor ape health using the IMPACT system.

Steve Ross, Director, Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes, Lincoln Park Zoo

Goualougo_srossSteve Ross is a well-known figure in chimpanzee welfare and science. As a champion of chimpanzees in all settings, he has generously volunteered his time and expertise to bring Goualougo online. We hope to continue working with Ross to develop ideas to facilitate the exchange of information between captive and field settings.

Stephanie Braccini, Zoological Manager of Great Apes, Saint Louis Zoo

Goualougo_BracciniDr. Braccini has forged a collaborative relationship between the Saint Louis Zoo, Washington University, and the Goualougo Triangle Ape Project to promote the conservation of wild apes. She has also been an advocate of synergistic research projects and student training opportunities involving captive and wild ape populations.

Thomas Gillespie, Emory University

Goualougo_GillespieDr. Gillespie lends his expertise in primate parasitology and laboratory resources to analyzing fecal samples that the Goualougo Triangle Ape Project has collected to address the effects of logging on ape health.

Becky Rose and Mary Rose, Columbus Zoo

Goualougo_Becky_Mary_RoseBecky and Mary have been long-term collaborators of the Goualougo Triangle Ape Project. Their friendship and support is greatly appreciated. We fortunate to have both visit the Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park to see the conservation and research activities being conducted.

Beth Armstrong, Conservation Consultant, Conservation Initiatives

Goualougo_Beth_ArmstrongBeth Armstrong as been a supporter of the Goualougo Triangle Ape Project since its inception in 1999. While Conservation Coordinator of Columbus Zoo in 1999, Beth provided the first grant to that supported the Pilot Study. Beth is now a conservation consultant for Conservation Initiatives.

Ian Nichols, National Geographic Society

Goualougo_IanWe were very fortunate to have Ian Nichols photographically document the Goualougo chimpanzees and their forest home. Ian was particularly interested in capturing images of the unique tool using repertoire of the chimpanzees. To do so, he not only tracked chimpanzees but also used remote cameras stationed at termite mounds and fruiting trees known to be frequented by the apes. During his stay, Ian captured many amazing photographs, including the first still images of chimpanzees gathering honey and termite fishing in the Goualougo Triangle. Many thanks to Ian for devoting his talents and time to advancing conservation of wildlife in the Congo Basin!

Gaston Gobolo, President of the Village Elders of Bomassa and Bon Coin

Goualougo_GoboloFrom 1984 to 1992, Mr. GOBOLO was president the committee of the village of Kabo in northern Republic of Congo. In 1992, he left Kabo to join the conservation initiatives in of the Wildlife Conservation Society in Bomassa. GTAP has also recently partnered with Mr. Gaston Gobolo to document the history of the Bomassa people.