Claudia Wilke Claudia Wilke is a PhD candidate at the University of York in the United Kingdom. She was awarded a Leakey Foundation research grant during our fall 2013 cycle for her project entitled “Are cooperative chimpanzees more communicative (Kibale Forest, Uganda)?” Here she gives us an update on her field season and how her research is progressing.
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New research funded in part by The Leakey Foundation shows that chacma baboons within a troop spend more of their time with baboons that have similar characteristics to themselves: associating with those of a similar age, dominance rank and even personality type such as boldness. This is known as homophily, or ‘love of the same’.
Grooming. Photo courtesy of Alecia Carter.
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For her PhD dissertation, Mackenzie Bergstrom of the University of Calgary studied 25 adult female capuchins living in three habituated social groups in a tropical dry forest in Sector Santa Rosa (SSR) of the Área de Conservaciόn Guanacaste (ACG) in northwest Costa Rica. To better understand how ecological and social variables affect the physical condition of these… more »
Louis Leakey with Jane Goodall in 1970. Photo from The Leakey F
Jane Goodall, arguably the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees and one-third of the famous “Trimates” (A.K.A. “Leakey’s Angels”), will celebrate her 80th birthday on April 3rd.With the help of Louis Leakey, Goodall began her study of chimpanzees at Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania in 1960.… more »