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Published on Jan 22, 2014
Lukuru Foundation, Democratic Republic of Congo www.lukuru.org
The Olive Baboon (Papio anubis) is found throughout equatorial Africa and its range overlaps that of chimpanzees and gorillas. However, the biogeographic island inhabited by bonobos (Pan paniscus) and delineated by the Congo/Kasia/Sankuru Rivers is conspicuously void of any other large-bodied terrestrial primates. Unlike the other Lukuru Project landscapes situated within the boundaries of that biogeographic island, the Bili Project - the Bili-Uéré landscape lies north of the Congo River and, therefore, is the only Lukuru landscape occupied by multiple large-bodied terrestrial primates. Thus, in addition to chimpanzees, we find baboons in the Bili Project block.
This camera trap footage was a result of a joint 1 year project by the Panafrican Research and Monitoring Program at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, The US Fish and Wildlife Service, and The Lukuru Foundation, with additional funding provided by The Lucie Burgers Foundation for Comparative Behavior Research, Arnhem, The Netherlands, The Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics at the University of Amsterdam, and The African Wildlife Foundation. Cleve Hicks led the survey mission and Karsten Dierks served as Panafrican Team Leader in charge of the camera trap project. They were accompanied by a team of six guards from L'Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature.