As one of MPI-EVA's founding directors and as director of the former Department of Primatology, Christophe Boesch made significant contributions to the establishment and management of the Institute since 1997. His passion was the study of the cultures of the great apes as well as the protection of their remaining habitats. He spent a major part of his life in Africa's forests studying the behavior of chimpanzees. Hardly anyone knew them better than he did. He made great contributions to the preservation of chimpanzees in the wild.
Christophe Boesch's work in science and in conservation, especially the protection of wild chimpanzees, is an inspiration for us all. His passing is a shock to his colleagues near and far. We are grateful for his commitment and his friendship, and will honor our "chimpanzee man" and his legacy to the very best of our abilities.
Our deepest sympathy goes out to his family, friends and colleagues.