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Department of Primatology

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig

phone: +49 (341) 3550 - 200
fax: +49 (341) 3550 - 299

Prof. Dr. Christophe Boesch

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropologyphoto of Christophe Boesch
Department of Primatology
Deutscher Platz 6
D - 04103 Leipzig, Germany

phone: +49 341 3550 200
e-mail: boesch@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de


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!