Field station Tanzania

 

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The project “Behavioral determinants and consequences of the natural spread of a sexually transmitted disease in wild olive baboons (Papio anubis)” is based at Lake Manyara National Park in Northern Tanzania, which is part of the greater Serengeti ecosystem. Our research facilities are owned by our partner Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI) and became world-renown due to the work on Manyara’s elephant population conducted by Iain Douglas-Hamilton in the 70’s (‘Among the Elephants’).

 

The Endala Research Camp is situated at the foot of the Great East African Rift Valley that stretches along the Western border of Lake Manyara National Park. The park is famous for its abundant wildlife and the dense population of Olive baboons (P. anubis) and provides an exceptional opportunity to work at the cutting edge of behavior and diseases (sociality and health). The project is a logical follow-up of the work conducted by Knauf et al., who untangled the cause of massive genital ulceration in the baboons of Manyara, which is caused by infection with the yaws bacterium Treponema pallidum.