Augustin K. Basabose, PhD

Augustin K. Basabose, PhD
Augustin K. Basabose, PhD Laboratoire de Primatologie, Département de Biologie Centre de Recherche en SciencesNaturelles de Lwiro DS Bukavu, République Démocratique du Congo Email:

Date of Birth: 13 April 1963

Nationality: Congolese

Tel: +243997740505

Skype: augustin_chimp05



PhD in Zoology, Kyoto University, Japan.
Dissertation entitled: Ecological studies on chimpanzees inhabiting the montane forest of Kahuzi-Biega National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo.
BA (Licence) in Biology, Zoology,
BA (Licence) in Biology, Zoology, ”Wildlife Conservation”, Kisangani University, DR Congo
Research Interest

Ecological studies on sympatric Apes (Gorilla gorilla graueri and Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) inhabiting the montane forest of Kahuzi-Biega National Park.

Study of threatened primate species ranging on community lands outside protected areas (habitat rehabilitation and assessment of human-primate interface)

Major Qualifications

Field research experience: More than 20 years of continuous field research on great apes in Kahuzi-Biega National Park (eastern lowland gorillas and common eastern chimpanzees) and in Virunga-Bwindi landscape (mountain gorillas) with very good skills of project management and scientific analytical capabilities.

  • Biodiversity Survey: I have attended several regional and international training sessions on Biological Diversity Inventories and Monitoring, focusing on small and large mammals. I coordinated several gorilla census for both the eastern lowland and montane gorillas.

Reduce/mitigate human-wildlife conflicts (HWC): Conducting comprehensive oriented research and assessment to provide information on HWC and partnering with relevant communities through their organized institutions to undertake concerted strategies to mitigate the conflicts while discussing on the conservation incentives to put in place aiming to improve their livelihood and at the same time promoting wildlife conservation

  • Noninvasive genetic survey with outstanding knowledge on DNA sampling, extraction and amplification of targeted DNA fragments using various genetic markers for sex identification, individual discrimination, parentage (maternal and paternal linkage) with a very good mastering of genetic software (including Peak Scanner, GenAlEx, Cervus, ML-Relate, Mega 5, Ucinet 6, Arlequin) for genetic data analysis.
  • Managerial skills: I have been supervising various teams of multicultural and multidisciplinary senior researchers and conservationists at different institutions, including research centers, Universities and Regional trans-boundary conservation programs.Computer literacy:Very good knowledge of general computer packages,including Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and Powerpoint in addition to other ecological-oriented statistic and mapping programs (SPSS, Q-GIS; ArcView,ArcGis, StatView).
  • Teaching abilities: Demonstrated through lecturing different courses at local and regional Universities, training sessions, workshops, talks, conferences and congresses.
Professional Positions

Current Positions

Head, Laboratory of Primatology, Department of Biology, Centre de Recherche en Sciences Naturelles de Lwiro, DR Congo
2014 - present
Head, Museum of Natural sciences, Centre de Recherche en Sciences Naturelles, Lwiro,DR Congo
Dean, Faculty of Environmental Sciences, Université du Cinquantenaire-Lwiro, DR Congo

Previous Positions

2006 -2012
Species Conservation Coordinator, International Gorilla Conservation Program.  Regional Program operating in DR Congo, Rwanda and Uganda.
Interim Director, International Gorilla Conservation Program.  Transboundary program operating in DRC, Rwanda and Uganda
Post Graduate Research Fellow, Kyoto University,
Visiting Professor, Leading Graduate Program in Primatology and Wildlife Science (PWS). Wildlife Research Center (WRC), Kyoto University, Japan
Teaching activities
Lecturer at the Official University of Bukavu. Teaching Animal Ecology Management and Natural Resource Conservation, Bukavu, RD Congo
Lecturer at the Ecological Institute in Natural Conservation: Animal Ecology Management and Natural Resource Conservation, Lwiro, RD Congo
Lecturer at National University of Rwanda, Biology Department; Butare Campus. Teaching Field Sampling Methods and Primatology, Rwanda
Lecturer at Tourism Institute: Teaching Tourism Analysis and Ecotourism, Goma, DR Congo
Teaching Primatology and Biodiversity in Master Program in Environmental sciences, UEA, Bukavu, DR Congo
Lecturer at the Faculty of Environmental Sciences, Université du Cinquantenaire-Lwiro. Teaching Special Environmental Questions,Lwiro, RD Congo
Publications (Selected Peer-reviewed scientific papers)

36.Roy, J., Vigilant, L., Gray, M., Wright, E., Kato, K., Kabano, P., Basabose, A., Tibenda, E., Kühl, H.S., Robbins, M.M., 2014. Challenges in the use of genetic mark-recapture to estimate the population size of Bwindi mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei). Biological Conservation, 180 (2014) 249–261


  1. Yamagiwa, J. and Basabose, A.K., 2014. Socio-ecological Flexibility of Gorillas and Chimpanzees. In J. Yamagiwa and L. Karczmarski (eds.), Primates and Cetaceans: Field Research and Conservation of Complex Mammalian Societies, Primatology Monographs, DOI 10.1007/978-4-431-54523-1_3, © Springer, Japan, pp 43-74.


  1. 34. Robbins, A.M.; Gray, M, Basabose A.; Uwingeli, P.; Mburanumwe, I.; Edwin Kagoda, E.; Robbins, M.M., 2013. Impact of Male Infanticide on the Social Structure of Mountain Gorillas, PLoS ONE 8(11): e78256. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0078256


  1. Thorne, J. H., C. Seo, A. Basabose, M. Gray, N. M. Belfiore, and R. J. Hijmans. 2013. Alternative biological assumptions strongly influence models of climate change effects on mountain gorillas. Ecosphere 4(9):108.


32.Gray, M. Ro, J.; Vigilant, L.; Fawcett, K.; Basabose, A.; Cranfield, M.; Uwingeli, P.; Mburanumwe, I.; Kagoda, E.; Robbins, M.M., 2013. Genetic census reveals increased but uneven growth of a critically endangered mountain gorilla population.  Biological Conservation 158: 230–238


31.Yamagiwa, J., Basabose, A.K., Kahekwa, J., Bikaba, D., Ando, C., Matsubara, M., Iwasaki, N. and Sprague, D.S., 2012.  Long-Term Research on Grauer’s Gorillas in Kahuzi-Biega National Park, DRC: Life History, Foraging Strategies and Ecological Differentiation from Sympatric Chimpanzees. In P.M. Kappeler and D.P. Watts (eds)

Long-Term Field Studies of Primates. Springer, Heidelberg, pp 385-412.


30.Yamagiwa, J., Basabose, A.K., Kahekwa, J., Bikaba, D., Ando, C., Matsubara, M., Iwasaki, N. and Sprague, D.S., 2012.  Long-term changes in habitats and ecology of African apes in Kahuzi-Biega National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo.  In Plumptre A.J. (ed).  The ecological impact of long-term changes in Afric’s Rift Valley, Nova Science Publishers, New York, pp. 175-193.


29.Martin A, Rutagarama E, Gray M, Asuma S, Bana M, Basabose A & Mark Mwine M., 2011. Linking Development Interventions to Conservation: Perspectives from Partners in the International Gorilla Conservation Programme. Society and Natural resources, 24(6): pp 626-636


  1. Robbins MM, Gray M, Fawcett KA, Nutter FB, Uwingeli P, Mburanumwe I, Kagoda E, Basabose A, Stoinski TS, Cranfield MR, Byamukama J, Spelman LH, Robbins AM., 2011. Extreme Conservation Leads to Recovery of the Virunga Mountain Gorillas. PLoS ONE 6(6): e19788. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0019788


  1. Basabose, A, and Gray, M. 2010. Mountain Gorilla Conservation and Climate Change. in Belfiore, T., editor.  The Implications of Global Climate Change for Mountain Gorilla Conservation in the Albertine Rift.  African Wildlife Foundation, the International Gorilla Conservation Programme, and EcoAdapt. Washington, DC. Pp21-42.


  1. Yamagiwa, J. and Basabose, A.K., 2009. Fallback foods and dietary partitioning among Pan and Gorilla, American Journal of Physical Anthropology 140:739–750
  2. Yamagiwa, J.; Kahekwa, J. and Basabose, A.K., 2009. Infanticide and social flexibility in the genus Gorilla. Pimates,50: 293-303


24.Yamagiwa, J., Basabose, A.K., Kaleme, K.P. and Yumoto, T., 2008. Phenology of fruit consumed by a sympatric population of Gorillas and Chimpanzees in Kahuzi-Biega National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo. African Study Monographs, 39: 3-22.


  1. Basabose A.K., 2006. Wildlife Conservation in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Eastern War-torn region: The Case of Kahuzi-Biega National Park. Abrstact. 17th Meeting of the Italian Primatological Society, Palermo, May 16-18, 2005. Folia Primatologica, 77:267-301. Doi:10.1159/000092277


22.Sineo, L., and Basabose, A., 2006. The Katane CRSN-IRSAC Centre in Eastern Congo: A Patrimony for Sciences. Folia Primatologica, 77(4), p. 268


  1. Yamagiwa, J. and Basabose, A.K., 2006. Effects of fruit scarcity on foraging strategies of sympatric gorillas and chimpanzees. In Feeding Ecology in Apes and Other Primates, eds. G. Hohmann, M. Robbins and C. Boesch.


  1. Yamagiwa, J. and Basabose, A.K., 2006. Diet and seasonal changes in sympatric gorillas and chimpanzees at Kahuzi-Biega National Park. Primates, 47: 74-90.


  1. Basabose, A.K., 2005. Ranging patterns of chimpanzees inhabiting the montane forest of Kahuzi, Democratic Republic of Congo. International Journal of Primatology. 26: 31-52.


  1. Matsubara, M.;  Basabose, A.K.;  Omari, I.;  Kaleme, K;  Kizungu, B.; Sikubwabo, K.; Kahindo, M.; Yamagiwa, J. and Takenaka, O., 2005. Species and sex identification of western lowland gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla), eastern lowland gorillas (Gorilla beringei graueri) and humans. Primates, 46: 199-202.


17.Yamagiwa, J., Basabose, A.K., Kaleme, K. and Yumoto, T. 2005.  Diet of Grauer’s Gorillas in the Montane Forest of Kahuzi, Democratic Republic of Congo.  International Journal of Primatology 26(6): 1345-1373.


  1. Basabose, A.K, 2004. Fruit availability and chimpanzee party size at Kahuzi montane forest, Democratic Republic of Congo, Primates, 45 (4): 211-219.


  1. Hashimoto, C.; Suzuki,S.; Takenoshita, Y.; Yamagiwa, J.; Basabose, A.K. and Furuichi, T., 2003. How fruit abundance affects the chimpanzee party size: a comparison between four study sites. Primates, 44: 77-81.


14.Yamagiwa, J.; Kahekwa, J. and Basabose, A.K., 2003.  Intra-specific variation in social organization of gorillas: implications for their social evolution. Primates, 44(4): 359-369.


  1. 13. Yamagiwa, J. and Basabose, A.K., 2003. How Different Ape Species Coexist Sympatrically?: Foraging Patterns of Sympatric Gorillas and Chimpanzees in the Kahuzi-Biega National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo. Primate Research, 19(1):3-15 (In Japanese with Abstract in English)


12.Yamagiwa, J.; Basabose, K., Kaleme, K. and Yumoto, T., 2003. Within-group feeding competition and socioecological factors influencing social organization of gorillas in the Kahuzi-Biega National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo.  In Taylor, A.B. and Goldsmith, M.L. (eds.), Gorilla Biology : A multidisciplinary perspective, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 328-357.


  1. Basabose, A.K., 2002. Diet composition of chimpanzees inhabiting the montane forest of Kahuzi, Democratic Republic of Congo. American Journal of Primatology, 58:1-21.


  1. Basabose, A.K. and Yamagiwa, J., 2002. Factors affecting nesting site choice in chimpanzees at Tshibati, Kahuzi-Biega National Park: influence of sympatric gorillas. International Journal of Primatology, 23 (2): 262-282


09.Inogwabini, B.I.; Hall, J.S., Vedder, A., Curran, B., Yamagiwa, J. and Basabose, K., 2000.   Status of large mammals in the mountain sector of Kahuzi-Biega Natioal Park, Democratic Republic of Congo, in 1996.  African Journal of Ecology, 38: 269-276.


08.Baluku, B., Bagalwa, M., Basabose, K., 1999.Enquête malaco-schistosomique dans des camps de réfugiés situés dans la plaine de la Ruzizi en République Démocratique du Congo. MédecineTropicale, 59 (1): 39-42.


  1. Basabose, K. and Yamagiwa, J. 1997. Predation on mammals by chimpanzees in the montane forest of Kahuzi, Zaire. Primates, 38 (1): 45-55


  1. Basabose, K., Bagalwa, M. and Chifundera, K. 1997. Anophelicidal activity of volatile oil from Tagetesminuta(Asteraceae).  Tropicultura, 15 (1): 8-9.


  1. Yamagiwa, J., Kaleme, K., Mwanga, M. and Basabose, K., 1996. Food density and ranging pattern of gorillas and chimpanzees in the Kahuzi-Biega National Park, Zaire. Tropics, 6: 65-77.


  1. Basabose, K., 1996. Larvivorous potential of different stages of Culextigripes (Diptera, Culicidae) in the perspective of its use in biological control of Malaria vectors. Tropiculture14 (1): 13-15


  1. Basabose, K. and Kilosho, T. 1996. Notes sur les gîtes larvaires des vecteurs du paludisme dans une zone d´altitude à Lwiro, Est du Zaire. Revue des Sciences Naturelles, 2:


  1. Basabose, K. 1995. Relationship between anophelism of fish ponds and malaria transmission at Katana, eastern Zaire. African Study Monographs, 16(3): 149-156


  1. Mulotwa, M., Upoki, A. et Basabose, K. 1993. Cycle de reproduction de Ploceuscuculatus (Aves, Ploceidae) dans la région de Kisangani (Zaire) et quelques dégats causés aux céreales. Ann. Fac. Sc., UNIKIS, 9: 189-198
Gray papers and Reports

Basabose, A. K. and Yamagiwa, J., 2009.  Four Decades of Research on Primates in Kahuzi-Biega. Gorilla Journal, 38: 3-7


Basabose, A.K., 2002.  A New Ape Orphanage Project at Lwiro. Gorilla Journal, 24: 5


Basabose, K., Balagizi, K. and Muhigwa, B., 2001.  Rapport de Formation en Parataxonomie pour les gardes du Parc National de Kahuzi-Biega. Volet 1. Plantes et Mammiferes. 97 p. et annexes, photos; unpublished Report funded by Bergorilla.


Basabose, K. and Yamagiwa, J., 2001.  Recommendations to prevent further hunting of endagered animals in the Kahuzi-Biega National Park, Democr. Rep. Congo. Gorilla Journal, 22: 5-8


Basabose, K. and Mbake, S., 2000.  Ecological study of Gorilla and chimpanzee at Kasirusiru, Kahuzi-Biega National Park, Democr. Rep. of Congo. Gorilla Journal, 20: 9-10.


Basabose, K., 1999.  Research and involvement of local people in the conservation of Kahuzi-Biega National Park, Democr. Rep. of Congo. Gorilla Journal,19: 7-8.


Basabose, K. and Yamagiwa, J.  1997.  Present situation of conservation and wildlife in Kahuzi-Biega National Park, eastern Zaire.  Gorilla Conservation News, 11: 10-12


Basabose, K., Mbake, S. and Yamagiwa, J.  1995.  Research and Conservation of eastern lowland gorillas in the Kahuzi-Biega National Park, Zaire. Gorilla Conservation News, 9:11-12


Basabose, K.  1998. Biodiversity and apes in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo: A report from the endangered Kahuzi-Biega National Park.  Bulletin of JSPS Research Station, Nairobi, 7: 9-10.


Basabose, K., 1998.  Conservation and education around Kahuzi-Biega National Park.  Backbone, Newsletter of the Albertine Rift Conservation Society, ARCOS, 3: p.5.


Omari, I., Basabose, K., Kaleme, K., Sikubwabo, K., Kizungu, B., 2000. Survey of gorilla and large mammals in the original part of Kahuzi-Biega National Park. Unpublished report, WCS-ICCN, Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature, Bukavu, République Démocratique du Congo.

Public outreach consulting activities
  1. My interest in local conservation initiatives led me to become involved in Pole Pole Foundation International (POPOF-I), a local initiative devoted to the conservation of the eastern lowland gorilla and its habitat. The organization is based in the vicinity of Kahuzi-Biega National Park and endeavors to involve local communities living around the park in activities that improve their livelihood and support at the same time the park’s conservation programs in an effort to link sustainable development of neighboring communities and the management of the protected area. Within this organization, I am much involved in the building capacity and provide technical leadership in major project components and education of local communities in conservation of natural resources.


  1. I was hired by the University of Air (Japan) to translate and narrate in French two educational documentary films used as outreach materials for the environmental education of local communities living around protected areas. Title of the films:

A la recherche de l’origine du genre humain:

  • Groupes sociaux des Prosimiens du Madagascar (1998) ;
  • La société des gorilles (1999)


  1. In October 2001 I chaired a workshop on bush meat crisis with pygmies and other key persons belonging to neighbour communities of Kahuzi-Biega National Park, including former poachers. The workshop aims to foster the local communities’ friendly attitude towards conservation of natural resources of Kahuzi-Biega National Park.


  1. In December 2005, I was hired as a consultant by WWW/PCKB (World Wide Fund for Nature / Projet de conservation de Kahuzi-Biega) to compiled the Itombwe socio-economic data and drafted a book entitled :

Perception de la conservation et de la gestion des ressources naturelles par les communautés du massif forestier d’Itombwe, Est de la République Démocratique du Congo.

Authored by:Bisidi, Y., Elie, I., Lusuna, M., Basabose, A.K., Muhigwa, B., Bisusa, G.,WWF Technical Report, 2006.

Membership of Professional Organizations
Member of PolePole Foundation International, a local NGO devoted to the conservation of the eastern lowland gorilla and its habitat
Member of the Executive committee of the Section of Great Apes. UICN/SSC Primate Specialist Group.  The section is comprised of experts on all species
Life Member of the International Primatological Society (IPS).  This Society was created to encourage all areas of non-human primatological scientific research, to facilitate cooperation among scientists of all nationalities engaged in primate research, and to promote the conservation of all primate speciesand subspecies of great apes, as well as the regions in which they live.
Member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Primatology.
International Collaborator of the Leading Graduate Program in Primatology and Wildlife Science (PWS) of Kyoto University, Japan.
Member of the IPS Lifetime Achievement Award Committee
Founder and Executive Director of Primate Expertise (PEx) a professional institution dedicated to primate research and conservation in the DR Congo.
International Trainings attended
Workshop in Primate Conservation Methods from 10 to 11 th August 1996 organized by the Conservation Committee of the International Primatological Society and the Chicago Zoological Society, held at the Brookfield Zoo, USA, Chicago.
Training in field research techniques on behavioral study of Japanese monkey at Yakushima Island, Japan.
Participation to the biodiversity census in Kakamega Forest, Financed by Toyota Foundation, Japan.
Participated to Field Courses in Yakushima Island in Japan
Participated to the Genomic Course in Primate Research Institute in Inuyama, Aichi,Japan
Most Recent International Talks (during the last two years)
Long term ecological study of chimpanzees inhabiting the montane forest of Kahuzi-Biega National Park: Findings and Future perspective, at Human Evolution Laboratory, Kyoto University, Japan
Research and Conservation activities on Great Apes in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo: Opportunities and Challenges” at the Wildlife Research Center of Kyoto University, Japan
Gorilla Conservation in Eastern DRC:Challenges and Best Practice initiatives at Fair trade events, Aichi International Association in Nagoya, Japan
Getting to know an unhabituated Chimpanzee Community using noninvasive genetic methods, at Wildlife Research Center, Kyoto University, Japan.
Progress Report on Primate Research Program in Kahuzi-Biega National Park, at the Interim Symposium of the Leading Graduate Program of Primatology and Wildlife Science of Kyoto University, Japan
International Congress

I have attended and give talks at different congresses of the International Primatological Society (IPS), including in:

held in Madison (USA);
held in Antananarivo (Madagascar);
held in Adelaide (Australia);
held in Torino (Italy);
held in Entebbe (Uganda);
held in Kyoto (Japan)
held in Hanoi (Vietnam).
Language knowledge
other languages spoken in the East African Great Lakes Region
Kinyarwanda, Kihavu and Mashi
Language knowledge
other languages spoken in the East African Great Lakes Region
Kinyarwanda, Kihavu and Mashi