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.
Dr. Augustin K. Basabose joined the International Gorilla conservation Program (IGCP) in 2006 firstly as Species Conservation Coordinator, where he was leading the Ranger Based Monitoring program, while also providing extensive primate field research knowledge to strengthen mountain gorilla conservation in the Virunga Massif and Bwindi Impenetrable forest, and creating expanded linkages with regional research institutes and universities.
He was the Country Representative of IGCP in DRC since 2006 to 2012 and became the Interim Director of IGCP from April until December 2012.
Dr Augustin participated as team leader to a number of Biodiversity Survey on small and large mammals in the Albertine Rift Region, including several Gorilla censuses in Kahuzi-Biega National Park (in 1996 and 2000), Virunga Volcanoe Range (in 2010) and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (in 2006 and 2011).
Dr Augustin is an active member of the Executive committee of the Great Apes Section of the IUCN primate specialist group since 2005. He is a life time member of the International Primatological Society and is a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Primatology since 2011. He is an international collaborator of the Leading Graduate Program in Primatology and Wildlife Science in Kyoto University, Japan.
He is a member of the PolePole Foundation (PoPoF), a conservation based organization, aiming at the long term protection and conservation of the Kahuzi Biega National Park wildlife, particularly the eastern lowland gorilla, through reduction of human pressure on Kahuzi-Biega natural resources and wildlife by involving and supporting local communities to protect the park.
He is the Founder and Executive Director of the Primate Expertise (PEx), a professional non-governmental institution dedicated to primate research and conservation in the DR Congo