Centre de Recherche en Science Naturelles (CRSN, Lwiro, DRC)

CRSN-Lwiro, April 2012, with the mountains of Kahuzi-Biega National Park poking up in the background. Photo © Josh Engel / The Field Museum.


The research staff in the Department of Biology at CRSN, Lwiro, studies the biological diversity of the southern Albertine Rift. The research includes documentation of diversity and distribution of the region's organisms, basic research on the natural history of the flora and fauna of the region, population monitoring, and applied research on flora and fauna that affect local human population. The current staff in Biology at CRSN, Lwiro, includes a group of dedicated researchers who have remained with the station for many years. Because of heavy conflicts in the region, much of their work has been without compensation.

Click here to download a pdf (translated from the original French) of the history of the research station, written in 1954.

Projects associated with CRSN:

Lwiro Primate Rehabilitation Center
This primate rehabilitation and rescue facility is on the grounds of CRSN, Lwiro. Although its main focus is chimpanzees, it houses many other species, including baboons and a variety of monkeys.

Centre Integral d'Education de Lwiro

This photo was taken during these chimps' final week in this cage. The following week they were moved into a large, forested, outdoor enclosure nearby. Click on the link above to learn more about the primate rehabilitation facilities at Lwiro. Photo © Josh Engel / The Field Museum, April 2012.