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Gombe Stream Research Centre (Established 1960)
Director: Jane Goodall
Mission: The Gombe Stream Research Centre (GSRC) was established to coordinate the study of Gombe National Park's wild primate populations. The Kasekela Valley chimpanzees have been studied for 38 years, the baboons for more than 31 years. Various studies of red colobus monkeys have also been sponsored by GSRC. Another program, the Lake Tanganyika Catchement Reforestation and Education project (TACARE) works with people in surrounding villages, focusing on awareness of wildlife protection, habitat conservation, education, increasing the standard of living, as well as reforestation projects.
Principal Research Programs: Ongoing data collection of Goodall's chimpanzee study, directed by Dr. Shadrack Kamenya, and baboon study, directed by Dr. Anthony Collins. Local Tanzanian field assistants are the primary data collectors, as well as out supervising scientists who also conduct their own field studies. In addition, occasionally (rarely) host visiting scientists who carry out short-term projects. Recent projects include the habituation of chimps living in the northern end of the Park. We are now able to add data collected from this community to data collected over 38 years from the Kasekala community. Data analysis is carried out at the JGI Center for Primate Studies on the campus of the University of Minnesota, directd by Dr. Anne Pusey.
Training Opportunities: No opportunities available, except by special arrangement
Number of Staff: 25
Supported Species: Cercopithecus ascanius (red-tailed monkey), Cercopithecus mitis (blue monkey), Chlorocebus aethiops (grivet), Otolemur crassicaudatus (thick-tailed bushbaby), 150 Pan troglodytes (common chimpanzee), 1000+ Papio cynocephalus (yellow baboon), 1000+ Piliocolobus badius (western red colobus)
Publications: "The Jane Goodall Institute World Report" (annual); "The Roots & Shoots Network" (biannual); "ChimpanZoo Proceedings" (annual)
Last Updated: 1998-07-16
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