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Department of Primatology

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
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EVENTS

PRESS

January 2016: Current Biology Magazine Feature published

April 23, 2015: 2015 Winner Announced - Chimpanzee Conservation

A multi-level conservation project, which aims to protect the largest remaining population of wild chimpanzees on the Foutah Djallon-Bafing River (FDBR) region in Guinea, West Africa has won this year’s St Andrews Prize for the Environment.

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The St Andrews Prize

The Wild Chimpanzee Foundation

May 2013

Christophe Boesch has met the president of Côte d'Ivoire, Alassane Ouattara, in February 2013 and was honoured with the medal "Officier de l'Ordre National" for his long-year investment for the conservation and research of the natural heritage in Côte d'Ivoire.

2013: Disneynature film "CHIMPANZEE"

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.

January 27, 2010: Altruism in Forest Chimpanzees: The Case of Adoption

Max Planck researchers report 18 cases of adoption of orphaned youngsters by group members in Taï forest chimpanzees. Half of the orphans were adopted by males.
These observations reveal that, under the appropriate socio-ecologic conditions, chimpanzees care for unrelated group members and that altruism is more extensive in wild populations than was suggested by captive studies.

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For professional press use (high resolution photos and videoclips) please contact:
Claudia Nebel (E-Mail: nebel@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de, phone: +49 (0) 341-3550 200)

Original work:

Christophe Boesch, Camille Bolé, Nadin Eckhardt, Hedwige Boesch
Altruism in Forest Chimpanzees: The case of Adoption.
PLOSone, January 2010

Photos: Chimpanzees of the Taï National Park in Côte d`Ivoire

Freddy opens Xylia seedpods and shares them
with Victor.
Victor leans on his foster father while sleeping.
Freddy grooms Victor.
After Victor lost his mother at the age of 2 ½ years, he was adopted by Freddy, an adult male of the group.
Freddy carries Victor on his back.
 

Videoclips: Chimpanzees of the Taï National Park in Côte d`Ivoire

For professional press use (high resolution photos and videoclips) please contact:
Claudia Nebel (E-Mail: nebel@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de, phone: +49 (0) 341-3550 200)

February 13, 2007: The Chimpanzee Stone Age

Researchers have found evidence that chimpanzees from West Africa were cracking nuts with stone tools before the advent of agriculture, thousands of years ago. The result suggests chimpanzees developed this behaviour on their own, or even that stone tool use was a trait inherited from our common ancestor. Julio Mercader, Christophe Boesch and colleagues found the stones at the Noulo site in Côte d’Ivoire, the only known prehistoric chimpanzee settlement.

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Claudia Nebel (E-Mail: nebel@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de, phone: +49 (0) 341-3550 200)

Original work:

Mercader, Julio, Huw Barton, Jason Gillespie, Jack Harris, Steven Kuhn, Robert Tyler, and Christophe Boesch
4300-year-old chimpanzee sites and the origins of percussive stone technology.
PNAS, February 2007

Photos: Chimpanzees of the Taï National Park in Côte d`Ivoire

Christophe Boesch holding a freshly excavated stone from the Noulo site
Julio Mercader excavating a stone from a stone-rich horizon
Julio Mercader excavating a stone from a stone-rich horizon
A large view of the Noulo excavation site at the Taï National Park/Côte d´Ivoire
A typical stone hammer used by chimpanzees in the Taï forest to crack Panda nuts showing a deep wear
Zyon, adult male, about to crack Panda nuts with a 5-kilogram heavy granit stone
Zyon, adult male, eating the almonds of the Panda nut he just cracked open
A juvenile chimpanzee looks as Zyon cracking and eating the nuts
A juvenile chimpanzee takes nut remains from Zyons anvil while Zyon is eating
The juvenile chimpanzee and Zyon are eating from the nuts that were opend by Zyon.

Videoclips: Nutcracking behaviour of Chimpanzees of the Taï National Park in Côte d`Ivoire

For professional press use (high resolution photos and videoclips) please contact:
Claudia Nebel (E-Mail: nebel@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de, phone: +49 (0) 341-3550 200)