Department of Primatology
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
phone: +49 (341) 3550 - 200
fax: +49 (341) 3550 - 299
A complete understanding to what makes us humans will emerge only from a better knowledge of the full range of the understanding, competence and capability of our closest living relative, the chimpanzee. Too often claims of human uniqueness have been based on incomplete knowledge of what chimpanzees are or were based on chimpanzees living in unnatural captive conditions. To allow for a sound comparison of humans and chimpanzees, I have concentrated in my research on chimpanzees and humans living in their natural environment and solving natural challenges in their daily life. Recently, we have worked to deepen our comparative analysis of chimpanzee and bonobo differences, and implemented an ambitious project throughout Africa to increase our scant knowledge of behavioral, technical and biological differences in chimpanzees. (more)
Western African chimpanzees are badly threatened across their natural range and declared as critically endangered
The work of the Wild Chimpanzee Foundation that I founded in 2000 is becoming more important and we have concentrated our effort recently in promoting new protected areas to protect some of the few remaining but essential chimpanzee populations in Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia and Guinea. All scientific studies show convincingly that protected areas are the best strategy towards effective protection of great ape populations throughout their range.
Please click on www.wildchimps.org to learn more about the conservation activities the WCF is implementing to help wild chimpanzees and to find out how you can help protect them too!
phone: +49 341 3550 200
e-mail: boesch@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de