Perspectives Collective Journal Launch

February 21, 2024

We are pleased to share the launch of a new online primatology journal, an innovative project which began last August at the Budongo Conservation Field Station.

The Perspectives Collective journal aims to showcase the voices of local and indigenous experts in primatology and to build capacity through training in key skills such as computer literacy and video making. The project has begun by spotlighting BCFS primatologists, many of whom have observed and studied Budongo’s chimpanzees for decades.

The team are sharing their expertise through written articles and recorded discussions which offer an insight into the behaviour and history of chimpanzee society in Budongo forest.


So far, you can find articles authored by our most experienced chimpanzee field assistant of over three decades, Geresomu Muhumuza, discussing hierarchy within the Sonso chimpanzee community and sharing observations of the notorious adult male Frank. Additionally, the ‘collective’ of BCFS primatologists have co-authored an article detailing live chimpanzee births, which are rarely observed, as well as a recorded discussion about female dominance hierarchies.

Additionally, to get to know the collective of BCFS primatologists you can watch their introductory video or Eguma Robert Yikii’s video diary.

We hope to continue contributing to this journal and to eventually support its expansion to other chimpanzee research sites to give local experts a platform from which they can share their knowledge.



History Of Budongo

The BCFS was founded by Dr Vernon Reynolds in 1990. At that time it was called the Budongo Forest Project.

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Where is Budongo

The Budongo Forest is a moist, semi-deciduous tropical rain forest located at the top of the Albertine Rift in Uganda.

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