The Kasanka Baboon Project is committed to longitudinal study of the Kinda Baboon. Kindas have not been rigorously studied in the wild, therefore our first phase of research is aiming to gather baseline data about this unique baboon. In the long-term, the KBP hopes to gain a thorough understanding of Kinda Baboons to inform conservation, animal behavior, and evolutionary theory.
We gather behavioral data using both focal and scan sampling, and utilize video to capture a record of behavior.
We gather non-invasive fecal samples to analyze males and females for patterns in the sex hormones: testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone. In the future, we plan to study other hormones including oxytocin and C-peptide.
Similar to hormones, we gather non-invasive fecal samples to verify population structure. These samples are archived, and may later be used for topics such as behavioral genetics.