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John Kahekwa, the founder of the Pole Pole Foundation, has experience, understanding and extensive knowledge of the gorillas in the Kahuzi-Biega National Park through his life-long close relationship with them. He was a pioneer of gorilla identification techniques in the KBNP and is responsible for having identified over 155 individuals. This is an invaluable resource for the scientific research which goes on in the Park. He has been working with national and international scientists and primatologists for many years, taking an active part in research and the publication of reports.

Below are some of the articles which he has written and/or contributed towards.

Gorillas massacred and driven to extinction - all for the sake of our mobile phones

Distinguishing Gorilla Nest Types in the Kahuzi-Biega National Park

The Story of Two Pioneers in the Habituation of Eastern Gorillas

Long-term changes in habitats and ecology of African apes in Kahuzi-Biega National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo

Long-term research on Grauer's gorillas in Kahuzi-Biega National Park, DRC: life history, foraging strategies, and ecological differentiation from sympatric chimpanzees

  • Yamagiwa J, Basabose, AK, Kahekwa J, Bikaba D, Ando C, Matsubara M, Iwasaki N, Sprague DS (2012)
  • Kappeler PM, Watts DP (eds), Long-term field studies of primates, Springer, New York, pp. 385-412.

Infanticide and social flexibility in the genus Gorilla

  • Juichi Yamagiwa, John Kahekwa, Augustin Kanyunyi Basabose
  • Primates; Journal of Primatology, Oct. 2009; 50(4): 293-303.

Cases of Twin Births in Three Gorilla Groups in Kahuzi-Biega

  • Kahekwa, J.
  • Gorilla Journal No.34, June 2007, pp.3-6.

Vulnerability of habituated Grauer's gorilla to poaching in the Kahuzi-Biega National Park, DRC.

  • Bishikwabo Kasereka, Jean-Berckmans B. Muhigwa, Chantal Shalukoma, John M. Kahekwa / African Study Monographs, May 2006; 27 (1), 15-26.

Dangers to Kahuzi-Biega and POPOF's Artisan Program

  • Kahekwa, J.
  • Gorilla Journal No.30, June 2005, pp.5-7.

First observations of infanticides by a silverback in Kahuzi-Biega

  • Yamagiwa, J., & Kahekwa, J.
  • Gorilla Journal No.29, Dec. 2004, pp.6-9.

Intra-specific variation in social organization of gorillas: implications for their social evolution

  • Juichi Yamagiwa, John Kahekwa, Augustin Kanyunyi Basabose
  • Primates; Journal of Primatology, Oct 2003; 44(4): 359-69.

Dispersal patterns, group structure and reproductive parameters of eastern lowland gorillas at Kahuzi in the absence of infanticide

  • Yamagiwa, J., & Kahekwa, J.
  • In: Mountain gorillas (2001), M. Robbins, P. Sicotte & K.J. Stewart (eds.), Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 89-122.