Research institutes where AKONGO members have been trained

The National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) - Department Ecology, Physiology and Ethology (IPHC-DEPE)

Strasbourg – France

Interdisciplinary research, between socio-ecology and cognitive ethology, focusing on three main axes:

- Researching the determinants of social organizations through the comparative study of primates.

- Understanding of the mechanisms of representation, exchange and communication that underlie social relations.

- Study of the collective processes of decision in the displacements of the groups and the exploitation of the resources of the environment.

Edinburgh ZOO - Living Links

Budongo Trail - Scotland

The Living-Links/Budongo Research Consortium, is a research partnership between Scottish Universities with SPRG members, and the RZSS, supporting studies of the behaviour and cognition of capuchins, squirrel monkeys and chimpanzees, as well as children visiting either of the two locations.

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Institut Max Planck – for Evolutionnary Anthropology (MPI-EVA)

Leipzig Zoo - Germany

The Wolfgang Köhler Primate Research Center (Pongoland) is a project of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. It is operated in collaboration with the Leipzig Zoo. Research focuses on the behavior and cognition of the four species of great ape: chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes), gorillas (Gorilla gorilla), Organgutans (Pongo pygmaeus), and bonobos (Pan paniscus). There is a special focus on the ontogeny of chimpanzee cognition. Researchers and students from the University of Leipzig, and other universities around the world, conduct their research projects at the center guided by the personnel of the Center.

The Center operates within the context of the Leipzig Zoo. Zoo visitors may thus observe the apes in both their outdoor and indoor areas, and even observe some scientific studies as they take place. In cooperation with the zoo, the Köhler Center supports efforts to conserve great apes, both in the wild and in captivity. The breeding program at the zoo is framed within the global strategy of the European Endangered Species Program (EEP), and some research focuses on the husbandry and care of great apes in captivity.

International medical research center

Franceville - Gabon

Research projects conducted at the CIRMF Institute focus on infectious diseases, focusing on the role of microbiological surveillance and public health support in Gabon and throughout the subregion of Central Africa, research and training.

Amélie Romain and Mylène Chaumette went to the Primatology center as visiting researcher, to conduct behavioural research on primate cognition, but also implement and monitor enrichment programs for the different primate species (gorillas, chimpanzees, rhesus macaques, mangabeys long-tailed macaques, vervets, mandrills) present.

Parco dell’ Abatino


Zoological park for local and exotic wild fauna, led by Dr. Arianna De Marco, where Amélie Romain went to conduct behavioural research on primate cognition (Macaca tonkeana, Cebus apella) and also participated in the creation of various enrichments for various species presented.