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Who we are

We are a national non-governmental organization dedicated to scientific research, environmental education and conservation of non-human primates in the Democratic Republic of Congo. PEx was created in 2013 to contribute on primate research ensuring their conservation and natural environment.

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What we do


Conservation science

We are building the capacity of KBNP staff in the protection of Grauer’s gorilla and other biodiversities. Our activities of this program are focused on three main areas: biological monitoring, anti-poaching and support in training and equipping staff to implement activities in the KBNP.

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Reforestation 

We restore degraded forest areas in and around the Grauer’s Gorilla habitat at KBNP. To achieve this, we are applying our innovative Ape tree approach. This approach consists of producing seedlings collected from ape dung in KBNP.

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Livelihood

We improve the socio-economic conditions of the communities surounding KBNP. Awareness campaigns on the benefits of non-human primate conservation are carried out for the local populations while assisting them in the development of income-generating activities to reduce the anthropic pressure on the KBNP.

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Our Vision

Sustainable conservation of non-human primates is a priority concern in the Democratic Republic of Congo and is compatible with community development initiatives.


Our Mission

Establish a professional team of Primatologists studying non-human primates and suggesting holistic strategies to ensure their sustainable conservation while improving community livelihood among those living in proximity to their natural habitats.


Our Objectives

The overall objective of Primate Expertise is to promote conservation sustainability of non-human primates through education, research and outreach programs in the Democratic Republic of Congo.


Why Primate Expertise ?

New local universities are being created in the region, but very few teach wildlife-oriented courses and consequently very few young students are interested in wildlife sciences, including primatology. Due to this lack of interest, there is a great concern for the long-term survival of the rich and diverse non-human primate fauna of DR Congo. Primate Expertise inspires young generation of Congolese primatologists to take the leadership in research and conservation of non-human primates in collaboration with the local communities

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Few words about the Founder

Dr. Augustin K. Basabose, from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has played a leading role in the conservation of great apes in Central Africa for more than 20 years.

He graduated with a PhD. in Zoology from Kyoto University, where he completed a thesis on chimpanzee ecology in the montane forests of Kahuzi-Biega National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo, in 2005.

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We are working with a profesional team wich allows Primate Expertise to reach its goals.

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