Studying our two closest living relatives in their natural environments.

The Ozouga Chimpanzee Project

The Ozouga Chimpanzee Project (OCP) was founded in 2005 and is located in the Loango National Park in Gabun. The National Park is in the southwest of the country and faces the Atlantic Ocean. The Loango National Park consists of a mosaic of different habitat types varying from marine, coastal lagoons, mangrove swamps, coastal forest, secondary and primary forest and open savannah. It is ecologically very distinctive from other long-term chimpanzee sites thereby providing researchers with the rare opportunity to enable unique insights into chimpanzees’ communicative and cognitive plasticity. The OCP is run by Dr. Tobias Deschner and Prof. Dr. Simone Pika and financed via external research funding as well as donors, and campaigns via our NGO Ozouga e.V.

The Kokolopori Bonobo Project

The Kokolopori Bonobo Project was founded in 2007 and is located in the Kokolopori Bonobo Reserve in the Équateur province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In 2016, a research camp was established to study the behavior of two additional neighboring bonobo communities. The Kokolopori Bonobo Project is one of only three active bonobo field sites in the DRC. Current projects focus on the impact of ecology on intercommunity relationships and behavioural and endocrinological correlates of intergroup encounters.