The Bugoma Primate Conservation Project employs an incredible team of field and support staff all committed to responsible engaged conservation and research action.
Our field staff work across primate species, in particular chimpanzees and mangabeys, and have an incredible knowledge of forest ecology. They are in the forest every day, finding and following primates, and collecting our core behavioural and ecological data. These data guide us in our decisions about our habituation and conservation activities, and are a key resource for the researchers we work with.
Amon is our field-team leader. He’s been with the project since its start in 2015. He says: “I’m really happy in the project, working with primates and conserving nature for future generations. I want my children to conserve the forest and animals as I’m doing in the project.”
Wilson is a senior member of the field-team. He’s also been with the project since its start in 2015.
Michael is a field assistant, he’s also been with the team since 2015. He says: “I love my job and I actually want to learn more about primates, so I can still serve all my life.”
Steven has been a field assistant with the project since 2017.
Gerald has also been a field assistant with the project since 2017, but he has over 13-years of experience working with wild chimpanzees in the area.
Fred has been a field assistant with the project since 2018. He says: “I’m proud of my work. I like it so much. When I’m retired, I also want my kids to do this work.”
Monika has been our team cook since 2018, she looks after everyone on the team.
Andrew is our security guard, he’s been with the project since 2019. He says: “I’m happy with my job and happy to help this project.”
Solomon joined in 2019 as our conservation teacher. He says: “I’m the youngest on the team. I want to conserve the environment and know more about primates. Fore sure, when I joined the project my life totally changed.”
Dr Cat Hobaiter is the co-director of the project. She is based at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, and has worked with primates in Uganda for 15-years. You can find out more about her research here: greatapedictionary.com
Dr Thibaud Gruber is the co-director of the project. He is based at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. He has worked in Uganda since 2009. You can find out more about his research on primate culture and communication here…