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Study site

Field work is conducted at LuiKotale in the vicinity of Salonga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The forest of LuiKotale belongs to the largest remaining forest tract in Central Africa and hosts an intact flora and fauna. The site has been established in 2002 and is used by researchers and students ever since. One group of bonobos has been habituated and tolerates the presence of researchers, which facilitates daily observations and non-invasive collection of samples for physiological studies. Most members of this group have been genotyped and behavioral records of mature individuals cover multiple years. A neighboring community ranging in the east of the study group is currently under habituation which will allow us to expand field research in the future.