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photo from Simone Dagui BanSimone Dagui Ban

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

phone: +49 341 3550 258
e-mail: simone_ban[>>> Please replace the brackets with an AT sign <<<]

Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques en Côte d’Ivoire
KM 17 route de Dabou
Abidjan - 01 B.P. 1303
Côte d’Ivoire

University Félix Houphouët Boigny
Côte d’Ivoire


Research interests

I am studying spatial cognitive capacities of free ranging adult female chimpanzees in Taï National Park, Côte d’Ivoire. The goal of my research is to understand their food finding strategies. Female chimpanzees have a high memory capacity to locate fruiting trees within their territory. I study the cases of revisiting fruit trees, therefore I tracked the travel paths of the females (see Boesch, C. & Boesch-Achermann, H., 2000. The chimpanzees of the Taï Forest: behavioural ecology and evolution, Oxford University Press.) with a GPS device and recorded the females position each minute. The observed females were tracked all day long over the period of 20-50 consecutive days. Every entered fruiting tree and the revisit of it was recorded. In addition, with a botanical map of all fruit trees available for the entire territory, I want to investigate the travel paths and understand how and why females revisit fruit trees.


My research is funded by the Max Planck Society, the Leakey Foundation and the Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques:

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