The research station is located on the Eastern rim of the Crater. It was built by the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority (NCAA) close to a rangers camp and is situated close to Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge; the nearest Maasai village is about 5 km away. Equipment and food can be bought a one-hour drive away in Karatu.
The station is run with solar power and access to the internet goes via a satellite dish. The station is equipped like any fully functional office with computers, printers, scanners etc. One room is dedicated to sample processing and storage, and is equipped with a centrifuge, a liquid nitrogen container and equipment to perform dissections.
The Spotted Hyena Project of the Ngorongoro Crater is a long-term research project on the spotted hyenas of the Crater from the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW) in Berlin, Germany, an institute of the Leibniz-Gemeinschaft and the Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. The project was initiated in April 1996 by Dr. Oliver Höner, Dr. Bettina Wachter, Prof. Dr. Heribert Hofer and Dr. Marion East.
Our research is done in close cooperation with the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority (NCAA). Scientific data are taken by scientists of the IZW, cooperation partners of international research institutions and our assistants.
Current team members
Former team members (in alphabetical order)
Malvina Andris, technical assistant, Nelly Boyer, technical assistant, Nicole Burgener, technical assistant, Noon Bushra Eltahir, student helper, Anne Hertel, scientific helper, Lekoko Kimaay, assistant, Berit Kostka, technical assistant, Michelle Lindson, technical assistant, Angelika Mai, technical assistant, Tapwaa Ndooto, assistant, Sylvia Schulz van Endert, scientific helper, Melanie Szameitat, scientific helper, Kerstin Wilhelm, technical assistant.
Hyena Project Ngorongoro Crater
Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research
im Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V.