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Ngogo Chimpanzee Project

Female chimpanzee at Kibale National Park

The Ngogo Chimpanzee Project is a long-term field project devoted to the scientific study and conservation of the Ngogo community of chimpanzees living in Kibale National Park, Uganda. Ngogo is the largest known chimpanzee community, and much research at Ngogo has focused on explaining the ecological reasons for this unusual demographic situation and its influence on chimpanzee behavior.

The Ngogo Chimpanzee Project, co-directed by Kevin Langergraber, is a long-term field project devoted to the scientific study and conservation of the Ngogo community of chimpanzees living in Kibale National Park, Uganda.

With nearly 200 individuals, Ngogo is the largest known chimpanzee community. Much research at Ngogo has focused on explaining the ecological reasons for this unusual demographic situation and its influence on chimpanzee behavior. Past and ongoing topics of study include intra- and inter-sexual social relationships and cooperation, kinship and social relationships, mating behavior and reproductive success, hunting and meat sharing, territorial behavior, and feeding ecology.

In addition to following the chimpanzees and recording their behavior, researchers at Ngogo also non-invasively collect urine, feces and other biological materials for endocrinological and genetic analyses, as well as conduct phenological and botanical studies of the forest ecology. The Ngogo Chimpanzee Project also employs a team of local Ugandans who work alongside local law enforcement officers (Uganda Wildlife Authority) to collect snares and curtail illegal hunting within the park. They also collect fecal samples for an ongoing genetics-based chimpanzee monitoring program that aims to determine the size, composition, number and location of unhabituated chimpanzee communities within the 800 km2 Kibale National Park.

Please see the following links for more information about research and conservation at Ngogo: 

Funding Sources:

  • Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund
  • Leakey Foundation
  • Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
  • Nacey Maggioncalda Foundation
  • National Science Foundation
  • North Carolina Zoological Society

 

Main Collaborators:

Dr. Kevin LangergraberKevin Langergraber (co-director)
Assistant Professor
Arizona State University
School of Human Evolution and Social Change
Dr. John Mitani with apes in backgroundJohn Mitani
James N. Spuhler Collegiate Professor
University of Michigan
Department of Anthropology
Dr. Linda Vigilant with silver rhino statueLinda Vigilant
Research Scientist
Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Dr. David WattsDavid Watts,
Professor
Yale University
Department of Anthropology