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When threatened with extinction, a species' survival depends on factors ranging from genetics to landscape. Now, the NSF-supported Central African Biodiversity Alliance, with researchers from three continents, is exploring central Africa in an effort to better understand those factors and to help preserve the planet's biodiversity as temperatures warm. See a video about the effort in "Guiding African Wildlife Through Global Warming" and see animals and excursions from the research in the gallery below. (Photos courtesy of Central African Biodiversity Alliance.)
A stella wood mouse, Hylomyscus. This animal is abundant in Central African forests, and is one of nine species on which Central African Biodiversity Alliance (CABA) researchers are focusing their research.
The olive sunbird, another species CABA researchers are studying. This bird was caught during field work in Gabon.
CABA members at work in the field in Gabon.
CABA members trek through Moukalaba-Doudou National Park in Gabon.
Samples for analysis
Drexel University biologist Katy Gonder collects chimpanzee fecal samples in Lobeke National Park in Cameroon for genetic analysis. Gonder is one of the lead scientists in the Central African Biodiversity Alliance.
A rodent collected during fieldwork in Gabon.
CABA members get ready for a day of fieldwork in Cameroon's Ebo forest, home to gorillas and chimpanzees.
Measuring the greenery
A CABA member takes measurements of Arrowroot berries. The plant is one of the nine species of animals and plants the group is researching.
A CABA researcher with a bird caught during field work in Gabon.
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