- 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
Partner with local indigenous communities
Saving great apes and the forests of central Africa is not only a matter of protecting habitat or informing forestry practices, but one of valuing local indigenous peoples, their cultures and well-being. GTAP and Mondika are multinational and multigenerational study sites that provide long-term employment to more than 80 local people. The success of these two projects is largely due to enduring partnerships with individuals from Bangombe, Mbendjele and Bantu groups from villages in the region.
GTAP and MDK also encourage the preservation of local traditional knowledge through a long-term mentorship program between senior trackers who have a broad knowledge of forest flora and fauna, and the younger generation who have not had the opportunity to acquire this information and skill set.
Mr. Marcel Meguessa is the Goualougo Camp Logistics Manager. He has been involved in Ndoki research and conservation since 1993 and has worked with David Morgan since 1996.