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Daniel Idiata-Mambounga

Maîtrise avec mémoire, M.Sc.
FREQUENTATION DU PARC NATIONAL DE LOANGO (GABON) PAR LES ÉLÉPHANTS DE FORET
Université Laval

Directeur: André Desrochers
Codirecteur: CoDirecteurInconnu

About ten years ago, I began working with big terrestrial mammals in Loango forest. I worked for five years in the conservation field, as a team leader on several conservation projects. The first project was the inventory of fauna and flora carried in 1,132,000 hectares of forests, coastal savannas, swamp forests and lagoons in SW Gabon. I worked for the Ministry of Forestry Economy, in collaboration with Wildlife Conservation Society and WWF. During this work I was able to observe the way elephants range into young secondary forests and large marshes at certain times of year, and since that time it has been my dream to better understand their biology and seasonal movements. Between 2000 - 2002 I worked on Gabon’s national protected areas evaluation, a collaborative project between the Ministry of Forest Economy, the Wildlife Conservation Society and World Wildlife Fund. I lead survey work in Monts de Cristal, Massif du Chaillu and the Batéké Plateau during over two years of fieldwork that enabled me to really get to know forest elephants.

Thanks to data from GPS collars placed on elephants in Loango National Park (Steve Blake et al.), I seek to understand the seasonal movements of elephants in the Loango National Park in order to promote conservation and develop an appropriate management plan. I also gathered data on the ground using linear transects for direct observations and indirect signs, particularly dung counts. Detailed vegetation maps exist already for the entire area and will facilitate development of a rigorous sampling plan.

This study will provide:

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