Department of Primatology
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
phone: +49 (341) 3550 - 200
fax: +49 (341) 3550 - 299
We are concerned about the survival of chimpanzees, bonobos, and other great apes in the wild. For details on some of our conservation activities, please see the web site of the Wild Chimpanzee Foundation [http://www.wildchimps.org/] and other pages on this site.
Christophe Boesch, Catherine Crockford, Tobias Deschner, Gottfried Hohmann, Hjalmar Kühl, Martha Robbins and Roman Wittig are members of the IUCN Primate Specialists Group, Section: Great Apes. [www.primate-sg.org/]
Christophe Boesch is Co-Chair of the Scientific commission of the Great Apes Survival Project (GRASP) of UNESCO/UNEP. [http://www.unep.org/grasp/]
- Christophe Boesch on the evolution of cooperation and altruism (English)
- David Attenborough about his passion for wild chimpanzees (English)
- Roman Wittig about chimpanzee politics (German)
- Roman Wittig and Tobias Deschner about friendships in chimpanzees (ZDF: German TV)
- Catherine Crockford about chimpanzees and language (BBC Radio 4: English)
- Roman Wittig about the link between food sharing and bonding in chimpanzees (SWR: German radio)
February 5, 2014: Friend or foe
Chimpanzee keep track of other group members' bonding partners and use this knowledge in conflict situations
January 15, 2014: The way to a chimpanzee's heart is through his stomach
Chimpanzees who share their food with others have higher levels of the hormone oxytocin in their urine
October 23, 2013: Long-term memory helps chimpanzees in their search for food
Searching for bountiful fruit crops in the rain forest, chimpanzees remember past feeding experiences
May 29, 2013: Malaria protection in chimpanzees
Researchers found that adult wild chimpanzees have developed a certain immunity against malaria parasites.
Chimpanzees use Botanical Skills to Discover Fruit.
Max Planck researchers find stable isotope evidence of meat eating and hunting specialization in adult male chimpanzees.
Researchers found that in chimpanzees the hormone oxytocin is likely to play a key role in maintaining social relations with both kin and non-kin cooperation partners
Despite similar ecological conditions neighboring chimpanzee groups use different hammers to crack nuts
Wild chimpanzees monitor the information available to other chimpanzees and inform their ignorant group members of danger