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 following organizations and individuals support the research and conservation activities of the Goualougo Triangle Ape Project:
Ministere de l’Economie Forestiere, Republic of Congo
The research and conservation efforts of the Goualougo Triangle Ape Project would not be possible without the support of the Republic of Congo’s Ministere de l’Economie Forestiere. We are especially appreciative of the continuing support of Dr. Henri Djombo, Mr. Bourges Djoni, Mr. Pierre Ngouembe, and Mr. Domingos Dos Santos.
Ministere de le Recherche Scientifique et Technologique, Republic of Congo
We also appreciate the ongoing support and collaboration of the Ministere de l’Recherche Scientifique et Technologique, Republic of Congo.
The Goualougo Triangle Ape Project was inspired by the visionary conservation efforts of Dr. J. Michael Fay. This project has also benefited from the support of Paul Telfer, Bryan Curran, Paul Elkan, Sarah Elkan, Mark Gately, Emma Stokes, Fiona Maisels, and Thomas Breuer.
David Morgan is a research fellow of the Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes at the Lincoln Park Zoo. The Goualougo Triangle has greatly advanced due to the tireless support and insightful contributions of Dr. Steve Ross.
The Arcus Foundation is a leading global foundation advancing pressing social justice, conservation issues such as protection of great apes. In 2010, the Arcus Foundation began supporting the Goualougo Triangle Ape Project. We are very proud that the conservation and research activities of the Goualougo Triangle Ape Project are supported by the Arcus Foundation. Support assists our monitoring of the impacts of logging on great apes and Forest Stewardship Council certification assessment.
The Goualougo Triangle Ape Project was honored to receive the first award of the Great Ape Conservation Award of 2000 (USC 6303), Foreign Assistance Act of 1961/Congo Basin Forest Partnership. We are very proud that the conservation and research activities of the Goualougo Triangle Ape Project supported by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have not only increased the conservation status of chimpanzees and gorillas in northern Congo, but had an impact throughout the Congo Basin. This is largely due to the visionary leadership of Dr. Richard Ruggiero and his passion for wildlife conservation. There are few individuals who have made such a tremendous impact on the conservation of great apes and their habitats.
The Houston Zoo is a leader in conservation science and has provided funding for the Goualougo Triangle Ape Project since 2014. Their support is essential for maintaining our basecamp operations in the park.
The Indianapolis Zoo in Indiana has the mission to empower people and communities to advance animal conservation. Since 2015, the zoo has provided critical funding for our operations in the Republic of Congo.
The Conservation Committee and Sulatalu Fund of the Columbus Zoological Park provided the Goualougo Triangle Ape Project with its first grant award. It is their continuing support which has truly established the Goualougo Triangle as a long-term study site of wild chimpanzees and gorillas. We owe special thanks to Becky Rose and Mary Rose for their long-term commitment to the conservation of Congo’s great apes and their habitats.
As a leader in the scientific community with a mission of teaching, research and service to society Washington University in St. Louis, has a responsibility to develop new knowledge in research and education related to sustainability. The Goualougo Triangle Ape Project is proud to be partnering with scientists from the university focusing on forging a more sustainable future through collaborations.
Since before the creation of the Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park, Nick Nichols has worked tirelessly to photographically document the Ndoki forests. His images are responsible for inspiring many aspiring conservationists and have brought Congo’s wildlife to a global audience. Ian Nichols is following in these footsteps with his creative approaches to wildlife photography. We have been very fortunate that Ian has joined us in documenting the wonders of the Goualougo Triangle, which would not be possible without the support of Kathy Moran. Her enthusiastic support is greatly appreciated. The Expeditions Council and especially Rebecca Martin have generously supported several initiatives of the Goualougo Triangle Ape Project, including Jane Goodall’s visit and studies of the effects of logging on apes.
The Saint Louis Zoo is involved in saving endangered species and habitats around the world. The Saint Louis Zoo WildCare Institute takes a holistic approach to troubled ecosystems by addressing three key ingredients in conservation: wildlife management and recovery, conservation science, and support of the human populations that coexist with wildlife.
In 2010, the Minnesota Zoo began providing support to the Goualougo Triangle Ape Project through the initiation of the “Recycle for Rainforests” program administered through the Conservation department. Under the direction of Dr. Tara Harris and Dr. Kate Jenks, the Minnesota Zoo has continued to make yearly donations to GTAP solely from the donation of cell phones.
ACE members aim to raise awareness of the plight of great apes and support for their conservation. ACE conducts fundraising activities from which 100% of profits are distributed to international projects. In 2010, ACE began supporting the GTAP, providing assistants for equipment, field supplies and staff.
The Goualougo Triangle Ape Project collaborates with several scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology. Special thanks are due to Roger Mundry, Hjalmar Kuehl, and Christophe Boesch for their continued support which has ensured the success of the Goualougo Triangle Ape Project.
The Brevard Zoological Park has shown considerable commitment to supporting the Goualougo Triangle Ape Project’s conservation activities. Beth Armstrong’s conservation initiative supported the prototype CHIMPCAM unit in 2001, and the Brevard Conservation Fund has continued to champion our technological innovations and worker health program.
The Ape TAG Conservation Initiative represents a collective effort by zoos to help conserve wild populations of apes. Launched in early 2010, the primary aim of the Initiative is to increase the amount and duration of zoo support for ape conservation.