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Projet Grands Singes (Continuous)
Field Study in Africa
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Location of Site: CAMEROON, Periphery of the Dja Faunal Reserve

Director: Nikki Tagg
Phone: in Cameroon +237 22213035 / +237 94334125   E-Mail:
Koningin Astridplein 26, Antwerp 2018
Department: Centre for Research and Conservation
Institution: Royal Zoological Society of Antwerp

Sponsoring Institution(s): RZSA, the Durrell Wildlife Trust, L.S.B.Leakey Foundation, Whitley Laing Foundation, Leopold lll-foundation, VLIR, Flemish Government, European Association of Zoos and Aquaria

Research Objectives: The in-situ project of the Centre for Research and Conservation, Projet Grands Singes (PGS), is an Integrated Conservation and Development Project (ICDP). Conservation and development objectives are interdependent. Scientific research is mainly focussed on the socio-ecology of great apes. Topics include both fundamental and conservation-applicable research questions. Fundamental research aims an elucidation of the interaction habitat-social structure and as such a better understanding of the mechanisms of the evolution of the social structures of great apes and our ancestors. The conservation-applicable research questions focus on the influence of habitat disturbance on the social structure of the African great apes. For this, we focus on areas that were/are/will be subject to human activities. The prime conservation action is a better protection of great ape populations in non-protected areas. We try to achieve this goal in close collaboration with the local communities. The integration of development objectives will enhance the achievement of the conservation objectives. A socio-economical study is set up for basic monitoring of the effects of our activities on the local population. The result will give the necessary feedback for an evaluation of the achievement of our goals. This socio-economical study is accompanied by combined with a study that aims the set up of a sustainable management plan of the fauna in the geographical area between the villages and the great ape study site.

Field Positions and Volunteers: Volunteers, students, researchers are welcome. Preferably, potential PhD students come first as volunteer and experience limits and possibilities for PhDstudy within the project. No funding/financial support available with some exceptions (check volunteer and researcher invitations and information packs on thye PGS website Volunteers are invited to participate in data collection, data entry and analysis and in publication writing. The camps site/living conditions are most primitive. Situated at 5hrs by car and another 5hrs on foot from Yaounde.

Species Studied: Gorilla gorilla gorilla (western lowland gorilla), Pan troglodytes troglodytes (Central African chimpanzee)

Other Species at Site: Cercocebus agilis (agile mangabey), Cercopithecus cephus (moustached guenon), Cercopithecus neglectus (de Brazza's monkey), Cercopithecus nictitans (greater spot-nosed monkey), Cercopithecus pogonias (crested mona), Lophocebus albigena (gray-cheeked mangabey)

Comments: Volunteer and researcher inviatations, as well as an information pack is available on the PGS website (

Last Updated: 2007-12-21

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