Chimpanzee Abundance and Habitat Connectivity
While long-term studies of chimpanzees in Gombe and Mahale Mountains National Park led but pioneers in the field, Jane Goodall and Toshisada Nishida, respectively, have provided invaluable data on chimpanzee behaviour, chimpanzees are distributed across western Tanzania and little is known about extra-park chimpanzee abundance and distribution. With a growing human population and expanding human settlements across the region, conservation practitioners and stakeholders need to have the most current information on where chimpanzees and their habitat are located. Moreover, knowing critical areas of habitat connectivity can inform conservation priorities to protect current and future linkages between populations.
Noemie Bonnin has been spearheading this work. See a recent paper here.