Already in 1990, the tropical biologist Prof. Dr. K. Eduard Linsenmair from the University of Würzburg founded a research camp in the Comoé National Park with financial support from the Volkswagen Foundation. During the first phase, the camp benefited from increasing number of students and researchers whose publications and funding could support maintenance of the camp via user fees.
These rising numbers of researchers and the increasing popularity of the research required an extension of the camp to a permanent research station. This was realized with support from the Fritz-Thyssen Foundation. In 2000, construction work started and two years later, in 2002, the Comoé Research station was completed with guest houses, kitchen, and other support buildings. Only a scientific laboratory was still missing. The conception and realisation of the research station was again due to the commitment of Prof. Dr. K. Eduard Linsenmair.
Unfortunately, in the same year political unrest in Ivory Coast required closing down the station and it meant loss of all portable equipment.
Starting from 2010/2011 the political situation in Ivory Coast improved and in 2013 the research station could be re-opened after reconstruction.
Today’s Research Station
Today’s research station is one of the most modern field stations in Africa. It has 750m² of air-conditioned labs and six offices. The lab building is fully equipped with WiFi.
A 36kWP solar station, which was built in 2014, guarantees permanent electricity in all buildings of the station. In case of a break-down of the solar station, a 30kWP diesel generator can help out.
Fresh water of drinking water quality is pumped up from ground water level (below 80 m) into a water tower, which serves the whole station.
There are 14 houses, which can house a total of up to 30 people. Each house has basic furniture, mosquito nets, and a shower with toilet and lavatory.
Next to the kitchen, there is a roofed dining corner. Researchers can be served with breakfast in the morning and hot meals for lunch and dinner.
The garage offers space for up to four off-road vehicles as well as motor- and push-bikes.