Long term study demonstrates impacts of logging on chimpanzees and gorillas

Wildlife Conservation Society writes about work through David Morgan and Goualougo Triangle Ape Project

New research by David Morgan, Crickette Sanz, and others examines the impact of tree logging on the ecological community in northern Republic of Congo. The article "African apes coexisting with logging: Comparing chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes troglodytes) and gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) resource needs and responses to forestry activities" published in Biological Conversation compares the tree inventory data of the local logging company with the behaviors of the gorillas and chimpanzees in those areas. According to Morgan, it is the most detailed survey ever done of chimpanzees and gorillas under such disturbance. The findings will be used to guide future standards and safeguards for wildlife in the area.

David Morgan is a Research Associate with the Department of Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis and a Research Fellow at the Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes at the Lincoln Park Zoo. Morgan along with Crickette Sanz, an Associate Professor at Washington University in St. Louis, are co-directors of the Goualougo Triangle Ape Research Project, which is a long-term research project focusing on the behavioral ecology of sympatric chimpanzees and gorillas in the Congo Basin.