Conservation technology

The EFRP believes that recent advances in technology have the potential to revolutionise the way that we conduct our research and conservation work in tropical rainforests such as Ebo. We currently have two projects using technology to inform our understanding of wildlife.

The EFRP is collaborating on the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology’s Pan African Programme: The Cultured Chimpanzee. This involves using 30 Bushnell ‘Trophy Cam’ video cameras within a 30 kmĀ² grid surrounding our Njuma Research Station. These video cameras are activated to record when an infra red sensor is triggered by the presence of an animal, with the hope of recording chimpanzee behaviour in the Ebo forest and across many other permanent study sites in Africa, providing a cross-site comparison of chimpanzee culture.

The EFRP is also developing our own technology with the aim of recording life in the Ebo forest on a permanent, 24/7 basis at an affordable cost. This would allow the creation of a huge audio and video data set with a multitude of research possibilities across many fields, and is increasingly possible due to the rapid advances in computer processing power, memory storage and battery life.