- Study the complex societies of Africa’s iconic great apes
- Partner with local indigenous communities
- Monitor gorillas and chimpanzees across landscapes
- Combat emerging diseases and anthropogenic health risks
- Survey biodiversity and tool-use with passive remote field cameras
- Quantify forest diversity, structure, seasonality and carbon
Monitor gorillas and chimpanzees across landscapes
The GTAP employs a rigorous study design and suite of research methods to determine the effects of timber exploitation, road development and poaching on apes. This research includes baseline surveys on ape population numbers before the arrival of timber operations and comparisons with control zones in the National Park.
Repeated surveys of chimpanzees and gorillas are used to evaluate trends in ape abundance in association with human disturbance within the NNNP and the logging zone adjacent to the NNNP.
We stratified the study area into survey zones to obtain baseline information that is used to investigate and quantify recent and model future changes in ape abundance due to anthropogenic disturbances and habitat change.