19 January 2018

Video Chimbo


5 May 2017

New fieldwork/research coordinator Chimbo

Katharina Kühnert is leaving us as the fieldwork/research coordinator. For family-reasons she will leave one month earlier than originally planned. Kathy came first to the Boé in 2015 to do field research for her Master’s thesis in ornithology with the University of Göttingen (Germany). She did an excellent job and we were therefore very pleased when she agreed to come back to the Boé for one year to assist us with the setting up the field programme for the COMBAC-Boé project. We are very indebted to Katharina, not only for the quality of her work but especially for her unbridled dedication to the Boé, its nature and its people.

To replace Katharina, we contracted Anouk Puijk (see photo). She will travel to Guinea Bissau in May. Anouk has a BSc in Biology of the University of Utrecht and a MSc in Forest and Nature Conservation from the University of Wageningen (both in The Netherlands). She has done field work in the Caribbean Islands and in South Africa. During the interviews, Anouk made an excellent impression on us, and we look forward to work with her in the Boé. She hopes to be able to combine her work for us with the work needed for a PhD.

29 March 2017

Do Chimpanzees need sacred forests?

A Master student from the University of Wageningen, Anna Nunes van den Hoven, started her research on the distribution of the chimpanzee in the Boé. She will stay in the Boé for four months to do a field study.

She will investigate to what extent the Western Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes verus) is present in the sacred respectively in non-sacred forests around Beli during the late dry season and/or the start of the rain season. In her research, she will try to find an answer to the question whether the presence of chimpanzees differs between sacred and non-sacred forests areas. And if yes, how differences in for instance the availability of large trees and water can explain preferences of chimpanzees.

If she finds important differences the need of improved protection of sacred forests might become urgent.

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