Coexistence and competition between wild chimpanzees and villagers in West Africa

Leading researcher: Kimberley Hockings
Research group: Environment, Sustainability and Ethnography
Type of project: Post-doctoral research
Status: Concluded
Keywords: Human-chimpanzee interactions | Animal perception of risk | Niche construction | Biodiversity conservation


Main institution: CRIA
Participant institutions: n.a.
Funding: FCT
Reference: SFRH/BPD/38595/2007
Starting date: 01-03-08

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Abstract

This research uses a holistic approach to investigate complex behavioural and ecological interactions and the sustainability of sympatric relationships between humans (Homo sapiens) and their closest living relative chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). This will be achieved through examination of: (1) the fine-tuned behavioural adaptations of individual chimpanzees in response to perception of risk in anthropogenic environments, and (2) how chimpanzees and humans modify, through their activities and choices in anthropogenic habitats, their own niches as well as those of neighbouring species. Chimpanzees share many morphological, physiological and behavioural similarities with humans and are widely used as a charismatic mega-fauna for conservation. However, this species is particularly vulnerable due to highly restricted ranges, a slow life history and a large body mass. Between 45 and 81% of chimpanzee populations exist outside of the network of protected areas, most of which inhabit human-influenced environments and are extremely pressured from a range of anthropogenic processes. Unless research is urgently conducted that directly acknowledges the effects of human impact on chimpanzee persistence, this iconic and already endangered species survival prospects are extremely slim.

Researchers from CRIA

IDNamePositionProjTitleProject typeStatus
pub41*Cláudia SousaSupervisorproj38*Coexistence and competition between wild chimpanzees and villagers in West AfricaPost-doctoral researchConcluded
pub47*Kimberley HockingsResearch scholarproj38*Coexistence and competition between wild chimpanzees and villagers in West AfricaPost-doctoral researchConcluded
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