The new Disneynature film "CHIMPANZEE" has been filmed mostly with the Tai chimpanzees we study since 33 years:
20-2-2013: The release of the film in France
03-5-2013: The release of the film in the UK
09-5-2013: The release of the film in Germany
Disney filmed the chimpanzees of the Taï National Park, Côte d'Ivoire, for three years between 2008 and 2010, under my scientific supervision and the daily help of our team in the forest. Oscar, Freddy, and Isha are all members of our chimpanzee research groups and we are all pleased that they have become stars to the public at large!
- If you want to learn more about the remarkable behavior of the Taï National Park chimpanzees, please click on www.wildchimps.org, for information on this chimpanzee population, the research and the forest where Oscar, Freddy and Isha live.
- If you want to learn more about the research we have been doing over the last 30 years on the chimpanzee of the Taï National Park, please click on my research section below or click on www.eva.mpg.de/primat/ or http://www.schimpansen.mpg.de, for information about our research and all our publications.
- If you want to contribute to the conservation of Oscar and his friends, please click on www.wildchimps.org, where you can see all the ways that your donations will directly protect wild chimpanzees.
My research takes an inclusive approach addressing from many different points of view the biology of the chimpanzees and uses this contribution to improve our understanding of the evolution of human and its cognitive and cultural abilities. I have from the start adopted a field worker approach, whereby I go in the field and study the chimpanzees and more recently gorillas in their natural habitats to understand their flexible adaptations and then take this knowledge to address questions about “what makes us humans?” (more)
Wild chimpanzees are threatened across their natural range in tropical Africa!
This also holds true for my two main research sites; the Taï National Park in Côte d’Ivoire and the Loango National Park in Gabon. To combat the threats facing wild apes, I founded the Wild Chimpanzee Foundation in 2000 to directly implement conservation activities in Africa. Please click on www.wildchimps.org to learn more about the conservation activities the WCF has been implementing to help wild chimpanzees and to find out how you can help protect them too!
Prof. Dr. Christophe Boesch
Dept. of Primatology
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
Phone: 0049 (0) 341 3550 200