Press

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.

 


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!

 

2012

Interview Q&A Current Biology (pdf)

 

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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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 and Xylia sharing

Freddy opens Xylia seedpods and shares them
with Victor.

Victor sleeping

Victor leans on his foster father while sleeping.

Freddy grooms Victor

Freddy grooms Victor.

Victor and Freddy

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

Freddy carries Victor on his back.

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

grooming.mpg

foodsharing.mpg

resting.mpg

carrying.mpg

 

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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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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 excavated stone

Chris-excavate-3.jpg: Christophe Boesch
holding a freshly excavated stone from
the Noulo site

Julio Mercader excavating a stone

Julio-excavate-2.jpg: Julio Mercader
excavating a stone from a stone-rich horizon

Julio Mercader excavating a stone

Julio-Noulo5.jpg: Julio Mercader excavating a
stone from a stone-rich horizon

view of the Noulo excavation site

Julio-Noulo.jpg: A large view of the Noulo excavation
site at the Taï National Park/Côte d´Ivoire

A typical stone hammer

Marteau-use.jpg: A typical stone hammer used
by chimpanzees in the Taï forest to
crack Panda nuts showing a deep wear

Zyon, adult male chimpanzee

Zyon1.jpg: Zyon, adult male, about to crack
Panda nuts with a 5-kilogram heavy granit stone

Zyon, adult male chimpanzee

Zyon2.jpg: Zyon, adult male, eating the
almonds of the Panda nut he just cracked open

two chimpanzees

Zyon3.jpg: A juvenile chimpanzee looks as
Zyon cracking and eating the nuts

two chimpanzees

Zyon4.jpg: A juvenile chimpanzee takes nut
remains from Zyons anvil while Zyon is eating

group of chimpanzees

Zyon5.jpg: 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

nutcracking1.mpg

nutcracking2.mpg

nutcracking3.mpg

nutcracking4.mpg

nutcracking5.mpg

nutcracking6.mpg

 

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