Kasanka Baboon Project
Zambia

The Kasanka Baboon Project

Our Mission:
to create a long-term field site dedicated to the study of the Kinda baboon while providing capacity building in science education in the surrounding communities, public awareness of wildlife conservation, and cultivating strength and empowerment in young women.

 

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Current and Future Plans: The Kasanka Baboon Project was formed in 2010. Our goals are to keep research going for many years. In this vein we have habituated one group of baboons which are currently being studied by the project director. We are currently training Zambian Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) scouts in field collection methods. In October 2011 we will be adding a new member to our team; a camp manager trained in field and laboratory methods. In addition to keeping our project running at full speed the camp manager will begin to train a local Zambian to take over the position on a permanent basis. Our hope is that by 2013 we have trained and are employing a Zambian camp manager.


Learn more about
Kasanka Baboon Project at:

www.kasankababoonproject.com

In October 2014 the Kasanka Baboon Project received its own 501(c)(3) status

 

Anna Weyher: Anna Weyher is the Principal Investigator and founder of the Kasanka Baboon Project and currently the only scientist conducting research on the Kinda baboons in Kasanka National Park. Anna is working on her PhD in Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis. For her doctoral dissertation, Anna is studying the Kinda baboon (Papio cynocephalus kindae) in Zambia, specifically focusing on social behavior, adult male-female, female-female, and male-male relationships. After her fieldwork in Kasanka National Park, Anna will conduct laboratory work at New York University. The three objectives of her PhD dissertation are to:

The three objectives of her PhD dissertation are to: 1) Systematically collect the first data of the behavior and biology of Kinda baboons and focus on their unique male-female relationships 2) Determine relatedness among all of the animals in the group and compare this to observed social interactions. This will be accomplished through microsatellite analysis of fecal samples 3) Set-up a long-term research site dedicated to the study and conservation of the Kinda baboon, and 4) Build capacity of Zambians working for Kasanka National Park, the Zambian Wildlife Authority, and the local community through collaboration, mentorship, and direct involvement in their science, environmental education, and conservation programs.

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