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Research Programs

Because of the proximity between great apes and humans, on the basis of our shared genetic, behavioural and physical traits, research on these primates is a way to obtain additional reliable knowledge about our own evolution.

Great apes

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Photo: Stephanie Meng-Zirilli

Conservation requires precise information to allow us to determine how many individuals survive in the wild. As these animals suffer from numerous threats that are leading them toward extinction, reliable information on their status and location must be shared.

Every great apes conservation program needs to take into account the geographic locations of wild populations. Usually, the main obstacle to estimate and control human activity in areas shared with the great apes is related to beliefs in local communities that unfortunately, frequently overestimate the density of ape populations.

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P-WAC aims to develop a research center that focuses on two main study areas. First, locating, studying and protecting wild great apes in the Democratic Republic of Congo, more precisely in the Bas Congo area. And second, to collect data on reintroduced individuals that have been previously rescued by the staff. These combined studies allow a better understanding of the survival rate of these threatened species and contribute to improved knowledge about  reintroduction programs. This research station helps to rebuild a sustainable group of great apes and other species living within the same habitat.

The  P-WAC research program is dedicated to observing wild animal populations as well as studying forest composition, gathering information on poaching levels and other human activities, and finally providing scientific training to local communities in terms of gathering scientific data and carrying out anti-poaching efforts. The aim is to better understand human-wildlife relationships, the impact of illegal hunting and other human activities on wild fauna, and finally, to identify poaching areas.

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