Monitoring Teams and Eco-guards
A key element for conservation success is on-the-ground species monitoring. BCI is currently supporting more than 200 Congolese trackers and eco-guards who collect crucial information at 11 important sites on a daily basis. The trackers are trained in survey methods, participatory mapping techniques, information technology, and monitoring protocols. As we track bonobo ranges and map important areas, we are learning more about bonobos and how we can best protect them.
Recently, scientists from the prestigious Max Planck Institute conducted an intensive 10-day training program in survey methodology at the Kokolopori Bonobo Reserve. More than thirty people—including local trackers, recent graduates from the University of Kisangani and our own Djolu Technical College, and representatives from neighboring Bonobo Peace Forest sites—came from miles around to learn advanced surveying and reporting skills. Working with our local partner organization Vie Sauvage, we are using these techniques in our current survey of the 2,850 square kilometer (1,100 square mile) Kokolopori Bonobo Reserve. In addition to our growing knowledge of bonobos, we are learning about Congo peacocks, bongos, and the rare salongo monkey (Cercopithecus dryas). Our work marks the first time that the salongo monkey has ever been studied!
Your donations help us equip our trackers and eco-guards with GPS systems, binoculars, stopwatches, and all the necessary equipment to survey and protect this vital part of our world.