Monitor gorillas and chimpanzees across landscapes


Morgan Sanz

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.