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2020. Hart JA. Rediscovery of the Kisangani Red Colobus Distribution, taxonomic and phenotypic variation, ecology, threats, and recommendations for its conservation. A Report to Global Wildlife Conservation and Frankfurt Zoological Society – TL2 Project.

The most complete accounting of our TL2 Project with FZS, and with Lukuru Foundation before 2019, is given in our numerous reports that we send to our principle supporters.  These can be accessed through our reporting summary – linked here.


2019. van der Valk T, Gonda CM, Hart JA, Hart TB, Detwiler K, Guschanski K. The Genome of the Endangered Dryas Monkey Provides New Insights into the Evolutionary History of the Vervets. Molecular Biology and Evolution doi: 10.1093/molbev/msz213

2017. Liu W, Sherrill-Mix S, Learn GH, Scully EJ, Li Y, Avitto AN, Loy DE, Lauder AP, Sundararaman SA, Plenderleith LJ, Ndjango JBN, Georgiev AV, Ahuka-Mundeke S, Peeters M, Bertolani P, Dupain J, Garai C, Hart JA, Hart TB, Shaw GM, Sharp PM, Hahn BH. Wild Bonobos Host Geographically Restricted Malaria Parasites Including a Putative New Laverania Species. Nature Communications 8, 1635 doi:10.1038/s41467-017-01798-5

2016. Fruth B., Hickey JR, André C, Furuichi T, Hart JA, Hart TB, Kuehl H, Maisels F, Nackoney J, Reinartz G, Sop T, Thompson J, Williamson EA. Pan paniscus, Bonobo. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T15932A102331567.

2016. Hart JA, Hart TB, Salumu L, Bernard A, Abani R, Martin R. Increasing Exploitation of Grey Parrots in Eastern DRC Drives Population Declines. Oryx, 50(1), 16-16. DOI: 10.1017/S0030605315001234

2016. Marsden S, Loqueh E, Takuo JM, Hart JA, Abani R, Ahon DB, Annorbah NND, Johnson R, Valle S. Using Encounter Rates as Surrogates for Density Estimates Makes Monitoring of Heavily-traded Grey Parrots Achievable across Africa. Oryx, 50(4), 617-625. doi:10.1017/S0030605315000484

2015. David W. G. Stanton, John Hart, Ashley Vosper, Noëlle F. Kümpel, Jinliang Wang, John G. Ewen, Michael W. Bruford, Non-invasive genetic identification confirms thepresence of the Endangered okapi Okapia johnstoni south-west of the Congo River, Short Communication, Oryx, DOI: 10.1017/S0030605314000593

2015. A Camera Trap Study of the Cryptic, Terrestrial Buenon Cercopithecus lomamiensis in Central Democratic Republic of the Congo. McPhee SG. A Thesis for the Degree of Master of Arts. Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL

2014. Liu W, Li Y, Shaw K, Learn GH, Plenderleith LJ, Malenke JA, Sundararaman SA, Ramirez MA, Crystal PA, Smith AG, Bibollet-Ruche F, Ayouba A, Locatelli S, et al. African Origin of the Malaria Parasite Plasmodium vivax. Nature Communications 5, 3346 (2014) doi:10.1038/ncomms4346

2014. David W. G. Stanton, John Hart, Peter Galbusera, Philippe Helsen, Jill Shephard, Noëlle F. Kümpel, Jinliang Wang, John G. Ewen, Michael W. Bruford, Distinct and Diverse: Range-Wide Phylogeography Reveals Ancient Lineages and High Genetic Variation in the Endangered Okapi (Okapia johnstoni), PLoS ONE,

2014.  Ayali, Pablo, John A Hart, Steven McPhee, Use of camera traps to discover and study wildlife in Lomami National Park and its buffer zone (French), University of Kisangani Centre de Surveillance de la Biodiversité, First International Conference on Biodiversity in the Congo Basin; June 6-10, 2014.

2014. Mirambo, Matthieu, John A Hart, Jeanne Mbey, Terese B Hart, Distribution, abundance and conservation of bonobo in Lomami National Park and Buffer Zone (french) ; University of Kisangani Centre de Surveillance de la Biodiversité, First International Conference on Biodiversity in the Congo Basin; June 6-10, 2014.

2013. Kawamoto Y, Takemoto H, Higuchi S, Sakamaki T, Hart JA, Hart TB, Tokuyama N, Reinartz GE, Guislain P, Dupain J, Cobden AK, Mulavwa MN, Yangozene K, Darroze S, Devos C, Furuichi T. Genetic Structure of Wild Bonobo Populations: Diversity of Mitochondrial DNA and Geographical Distribution. PLoS ONE 8(3): e59660.

2013. Maisels F, Strindberg S, Blake S, Wittemyer G, Hart JA, Williamson EA, Aba’a R, Abitsi G, Ambahe RD, Amsini F, Bakabana PC, Hicks TC, Bayogo RE, Bechem M, Beyers RL, Bezangoye AN, Boundja P, Bout N, et al. Devastating Decline of Forest Elephants in Central Africa. PLoS ONE 8(3): e59469.

2013. Hickey JR, Nackoney J, Nibbelink NP, Nibbelink, Blake S, Bonyenge A, Coxe S, Dupain J, Emetshu M, Furuichi T, Grossmann F, Guislain P, Hart JA, Hashimoto C, Ikembelo B, et al. Human Proximity and Habitat Fragmentation are Key Drivers of the Rangewide Bonobo Distribution. Biodiversity and Conservarion 22: 3085.

2012. Hart JA, Detwiler KM, Gilbert CC, Burrell AS, Fuller JL, Emetshu M, Hart TB, Vosper A, Sargis EJ, Tosi AJ. Lesula: A New Species of Cercopithecus Monkey Endemic to the Democratic Republic of Congo and Implications for Conservation of Congo’s Central Basin. PLoS ONE 7(9): e44271.

2012. Junker J, Blake S, Boesch C, Campbell G, du Toit L, Duvall C, Ekobo A, Etoga G, Galat-Luong A, Gamys J, Ganas-Swaray J, Gatti S, Ghiurghi A, Granier N, Hart JA, Head J, Herbinger I, Hicks TC, Huijbregts B, Imong IS, Kuempel N, Lahm S, Lindsell J, Maisels F, et al. Recent Decline in Suitable Environmental Conditions for African Great Apes. Diversity and Distributions 18 (11) : 1077-1091.

2011. Terese and John Hart.  Breaking the Bushmeat Cycle in Congo: a good news story. Swara. East African Wildlife Society 2011:1. 16-19.

2010. HICKS, T., DARBY, L., HART, J., SWINKELS, J., JANUARY, N., MENKEN, S.. Trade in Orphans and Bushmeat Threatens One of The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Most Important Populations of Eastern Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii)African Primates, North America.

1986.  Terese B. Hart and John A. Hart.  The The ecological basis of hunter-gatherer subsistence in African rain forests: the Mbuti of eastern Zaire.  Human Ecology. Vol 14. No 1.  29-55.

1985.  Terese Hart.  The ecology of a single-species-dominant forest and of a mixed forest in Zaire, Africa.  Phd dissertation.   Michigan State University.

1979.  John Hart.  Nomadic hunters and village cultivators: a study of subsistence interdependence in the Ituri Forest of Zaire.   Master’s thesis.  Michigan State University.

1978.  John Hart.  From subsistence to market: a case study of the Mbuti net hunters.  Human Ecology. Vol.6. No.3. 325-353.