Researchers discover new Chimpanzee ‘Toolkit’

In a new paper published in ‘Folia Primatologica’ researchers have discovered a new set of behaviors exhibited by eastern chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes shweinfurthii). This so-called new ‘toolkit’ includes, “four different kinds of tools: a long ant probe, a short probe, a thin wand, and a digging.” The tools seem to have distinct characteristics that correspond to the goal of the …

How El Niño Affects Wild Orangutans

Our very own board member Dr. Anne Russon started a long-term study in 2010 on the wild Orangutans of Kutai National Park in Indonesian Borneo. Her research has found how weather caused by the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) cycle affects behavior, feeding ecology, habitat requirements, and birth intervals. The knowledge gained from this study will allow researchers to better …