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Lukuru Wildlife Research Foundation (August 1992/continues)
Field Study in Africa
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Director: Dr. Jo Thompson
Phone: 740-382-5533   E-Mail:
P.O. Box 1635, Marion, Ohio 43301-1635 UNITED STATES

Sponsoring Institution(s): Lukuru Wildlife Research Foundation

Research Objectives: ecology, conservation, distribution, and education: The LWRP has been working in the DRC since 1992. The mission of the LWRP is to conduct scientific research on, conservation of, and educational activities about fauna, primarily the bonobo (Pan paniscus), and flora within the project area. The project area corresponds to Zone Dekese, Province Kasai Occidental. In addition, the LWRP focuses on community relations throughout the project area and conduct surveys for bonobos outside the project area. Since 1994 the LWRP has been coordinating efforts with the staff of Salonga National Park-South Sector (PNS-SS), which falls within the project mandate. In 1997 the LWRP organized the first delivery of supplies and equipment to PNS-SS. In 1998 a joint ICCN/LWRP team collaborated on a faunal distribution reconnaissance survey and collected data on human activities. The LWRP focuses on large mammal bio-monitoring, capacity building, facility restoration, and community relations in PNS-SS. In 1997-1998 the LWRP purchased a 43,000 hectare conservation concession (called the Bososandja Faunal Refuge) which is managed through local civil authority and survived the war years without loss of any wildlife. The BFR protects all wildlife within the range of the Bososandja bonobos, the LWRP primary study group. Between July 1999 - July 2002 the LWRP administered the DRC Parks Emergency Relief Mission in response to the multinational conflict being fought on Congo's soil. The LWRP has been/is an active partner in the UNESCO/UNF/DRC effort since November 2000. The LWRP initiated the international "Outfit a Ranger" campaign to uniform the 1,600 garde de parc personnel across all DRC parks. In September 2001 the LWRP was the first bonobo field study site to reestablish efforts on the ground with the return of the foreign research director. Field work continues.

Field Positions and Volunteers: project director, local workers

Species Studied: Pan paniscus (bonobo), Piliocolobus tholloni (Tholan's red colobus)

Other Species at Site: Cercopithecus ascanius (red-tailed monkey), Cercopithecus neglectus (de Brazza's monkey), Cercopithecus wolfi (Wolf's mona), Colobus angolensis (Angola colobus), Galago demidoff (Prince Demidoff's bushbaby), Lophocebus aterrimus (black mangabey), Perodicticus potto (potto)

Publications: Myers Thompson JA, Lubuta MN and Richard Bovundja Kabanda R (2008). “Traditional Land-use Practices for Bonobo Conservation.” In BONOBOS: BEHAVIOUR, ECOLOGY, AND CONSERVATION. Furuichi, T. and Myers Thompson, JA (eds.) Springer Publishing. New York, Pages 227-244.

Thompson, JAM. (2008). “Pan paniscus.” In ALL THE WORLD’S PRIMATES. Rowe N (ed.) Pogonias Press. New edition of PICTORIAL GUIDE TO THE LIVING PRIMATES 1996.

Thompson, J. 2006. “Otters in the Democratic Republic of Congo.” OtterNews No. 43, Spring. publication of the International Otter Survival Fund. Pages 4-5.

Lacambra, C., Thompson, J., Furuichi, T., Vervaecke, H. and Stevens J. 2005. “Bonobo (Pan paniscus).” In UNEP-WCMC WORLD ATLAS OF GREAT APES AND THEIR CONSERVATION. Prepared for the United Nations Environmental Programme Inter-governmental Conference, September 2005. University of California Press. Pages 82-96.

Thompson, J. 2004. "Les Loutres Africaines." Rhino Fantôme Vol. 3, No. 4-5, pgs.4-5 September.

Thompson J and Tshina-tshina ML. 2003. Field Research at Lukuru, Democratic
Republic of Congo. Pan Africa News 10(2):21-22, December.

Thompson J, Masunda T, and Willy ID. 2003. Field Research at Parc National de la
Salonga, Democratic Republic of Congo. Pan Africa News 10(2):27-29,

Thompson, J. 2003. “Improved Forest Management Through Certification of Timber
Products: DRC National Working Group.” Internal report prepared for the DRC Forestry Secteur and Service Permanent d'Inventaire d'Amenagement Forestier, October.

Thompson J. 2003. “Conservation Session.” In BONOBO WORKSHOP: BEHAVIOUR, ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION OF WILD BONOBOS. Thompson J, Hohmann G, and Furuichi T (eds). Inuyama, Japan. July. 43 pages.

Thompson, J. 2003. The Land Otter Totem Pole. The River Otter Journal 12(2):6, Fall.

Myers Thompson, J. A. 2003. A model of the biogeographical journey from Proto-pan to Pan paniscus. Special edition of Primates 44(2):191-197, April. edited by Matsuzawa, T. and J. Yamagiwa (Kyoto: Primate Research Institute of Kyoto University).
Thompson, J. 2003. "Lukuru Wildlife Research Project." Rhino Fantôme 2.

Thompson JAM. 2002. Bonobos of the Lukuru Wildlife Research Project. In BEHAVIOURAL DIVERSITY IN CHIMPANZEES AND BONOBOS. Boesch C, Hohnmann G, and Marchant L (eds). Cambridge University Press. Pgs 61-70.
Thompson, J. and M. Hasson. 2002. Conservation amidst the turmoil of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Paper presentation for the Society for Conservation Biology (14-19 July) hosted by the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology. University of Kent at Canterbury, United Kingdom.
Thompson, J. 2002. Otter conservation education campaign in Africa. The River Otter Journal 11(1):6, Spring.
Myers Thompson JA, 2001. The status of bonobos in their southernmost geographic range. In ALL APES GREAT AND SMALL VOLUME ONE: AFRICAN APES. Galdikas BMF, Briggs N, Sheeran LK, Shapiro GL and Goodall J (eds). Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers. Pp.75-82.
Myers Thompson, J.A. 2001. On the nomenclature of Pan paniscus. Primates 42(2):101-111, April.
Thompson, J. 2001. “Lukuru Wildlife Research Project.” Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Annual Report. Available at Electronic Citation.
Thompson, J. 2000. Africa's Most Elusive Otter. The River Otter Journal 9(1):4-5, Spring.
Thompson, J. 2000. The situation in Maiko National Park. Gorilla Journal of Berggorilla & Regenwald Direkthilfe, No.21:4-6, December.
Thompson, J. and M. Hasson 2000. Rapport de la Mission au Katanga, Parcs Nationaux Upemba & Kundelungu. Internal document of Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature, August.
Thompson, J. 2000. Lukuru Wildlife Research Project. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Annual Conservation Report, 24-25.
Thompson, J. 2000. Challenges to Conserving the Bonobo. Paper presentation for The Apes: Challenges for the 21st Century conference hosted by the Brookfield Zoo (10-13 May), abstract available at (Chicago).
Thompson, J. 2000. Grassroots Conservation in Democratic Republic of Congo. Paper presentation for The Apes: Challenges for the 21st Century conference hosted by the Brookfield Zoo (10-13 May), abstract available at (Chicago).
Thompson, J. 2000. Democratic Republic of Congo Parks Emergency Relief Mission. The Conservationist 5(1):20-23, July.
Thompson, J. 2000. Emergency Relief Mission for Congo's National Parks. Gorilla Journal of Berggorilla & Regenwald Dierkthilfe, No.20:4-7, June.
Thompson, J. 2000. "Crisis in the Congo." Available at Electronic Citation. 15 February (updates posted 1 May 2000, 19 September 2000, 21 March 2001, and 20 August 2002).
Thompson, J. A. M. 1999-2000. Conservation of Thollon's Red Colobus (Procolobus [pennantii] tholloni). African Primates 4(1&2): 27-32.
Thompson, J. 1999-2000. On the Use of "Bilia" for Pan paniscus. African Primates 4(1&2): 67-68.
Thompson, J. 1999-2000. New distribution record for the Southern Talapoin (Miopithecus Talapoin). African Primates 4(1&2): 68-69.
Thompson, J. 1999. Logging the Lukuru: Update on the Conservation of Pan paniscus. Pan Africa News 6(2):13-15, December.
Thompson, J. A. M. 1998. Conservation of Pan paniscus at the Southern most Research Site. Pan Africa News 5(2):22-24, December.
Myers Thompson, J.A. 1997. The history, taxonomy and ecology of the bonobo (Pan paniscus) with a first description of a wild population living in a forest/savanna mosaic habitat. Doctoral dissertation. University of Oxford, England. 358 pgs.
Thompson, J. 1996. A study of bonobo feeding ecology. The Newsletter. Primate Foundation of Arizona 8(2):1-2, October 15..
Thompson, J. A. M. 1996. Preliminary report on bonobos (Pan paniscus) in a forest/savanna mosaic habitat. Primate Eye 59, 10-11, abstract. Paper presentation, Primate Society of Great Britain spring meeting, Ruskin Lecture Theatre Roehampton Institute, London England.
Thompson, J. A. M. 1996. New Information about the Presence of the Congo Peafowl (Afropavo congensis). World Pheasant Association News, 50:3-8, May.
Thompson, J. 1995. A study of bonobo feeding ecology in a new habitat. Gorilla Gazette 9(1):10-11, December.
Thompson, J. 1994. A study of bonobo feeding ecology in a forest/savanna habitat. Columbus Zoo Conservation Report, West and Central Africa: 9-10.
Myers Thompson, J.A. 1994. “Cultural diversity in the behavior of Pan” in HOMINID CULTURE IN PRIMATE PERSPECTIVE, Quiatt and Itani (eds.), pp. 95-115, University Press of Colorado.
Myers Thompson, J.A. 1992. Cross-cultural comparison of captive populations of Pan paniscus. Master’s degree thesis. University of Colorado at Denver. 94 pgs.

Comments: The Lukuru Foundation, Inc. is the umbrella organization supporting independent projects that fit under our mission statement.
The primary mission of the Lukuru Foundation is to conduct scientific research on, conservation of, and educational activities about the bonobo (Pan paniscus) in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Currently, the Foundation has been the program platform organization for the field work of the Lukuru Wildlife Research Project since 1992, the field work of the Tshuapa-Lomami-Lualaba (TL2) Project since 2007, and primate genetic laboratory research at New York University since 2009.
Incorporated 16 October 1997, the Lukuru Foundation, Inc. is a tax-exempt organization, IRS Subsection: 501(c)(3) Public Charity.

Last Updated: 2015-09-28

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