Bonobos in the Lake Tumba: Describing the Landscape Species

  • Bila-Isia InogwabiniEmail author
Part of the Environmental History book series (ENVHIS, volume 12)


The chapter describes an 8-month survey of large mammals in the Lake Tumba landscape with the focus on the Bonobo (Pan paniscus). After an epic walk of about 86 km in straight lines (transects) and 324 km of forest reconnaissance, research teams documented the distribution and estimated the abundance of bonobos. Five separate bonobo groups were located in the southern part of the landscape. Mean bonobo densities ranged from 0.27 individuals km−2 to 2.2 individuals km−2, respectively, in the vicinity of Lake Tumba and in the Malebo–Nguomi area.


Line transect Forest reconnaissance Bonobo Pan paniscus Population density Forest-savannah mosaic Terra firma habitat 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Research and Communication in Sustainable Development (CERED)The Jesuit Loyola University of CongoKinshasaCongo, Republic

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