After completing his degree in Animal Biology at the University of Marien Ngouabi in Congo Brazzaville in 2006, Franck started working at Mbeli Bai Study as a research assistant and educator on gorilla conservation. His main tasks were recording daily behavioural and demographic events for large mammals including gorillas, and collecting phenological data on trees consumed by gorillas and forest elephants. In May 2013, he was appointed to the post of Assistant of Community Development at the Nouabalé-Ndoki Foundation, where his monthly tasks included:
• Improvement of the relationship between the Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park and the waterside communities;
• Encouraging local people to abide by fauna laws in the Republic of Congo, so that the Park will continue to support them;
• Educating people about gorilla conservation, including organizing meetings and events regarding protection of gorillas in Congo and globally.
Franck expects that the Conservation Biology Masters course will provide him with the necessary theoretical and practical background to help him maximize his effectiveness at managing conservation projects in his country, the Republic of Congo.
A camera trap assessment of factors influencing leopard (Panthera pardus) habitat use in the Nouabale-Ndoki National Park, Republic of Congo. (Supervisors: Justin O'Riain, Gareth Mann, Thomas Breuer)