A research on the relation between ecological parameters and infectious
diseases among African great apes.
Period of visit: 3rd January,30th January,2006
Gabonese Republic Parc National de la Moukalaba-Doudou, Franceville
International Medical Research Center
A ecological research on the wild African great apes (chimpanzee and
gorilla) was conducted in the Moukalaba-Doudou National Park, Gabon.
During the 10 days of fieldwork, five observation of chimpanzees and three
observation of gorillas were made. Combining data from these observations
and indirect evidences such as feeding traces and nests, foraging patterns
of habitat use by the apes was examined. After the field research, I
visited the Franceville International Medical Research Center (CIRMF) in
the Haute Ogooue Provence, Gabon. I met Dr. Patricia Reed, who works for
the prevention of infectious diseases among wildlife and asked her
cooperation in the study on the relation between ecological parameters and
infectious diseases in great apes of the Moukalaba-Doudou and gained her
approval. We also discussed about the means to prevent transmission of
infectious diseases between the apes of the Moukalaba-Doudou and local
inhabitant and she gave me many practical suggestions.
Chimpanzee moving on ground (trailing)
Chimpanzee's leaf cushion
A gorilla eating Cola sp. fruits in Moukalaba
Franceville International Medical Research Center (CIRMF)