Capturing and toying with hyraxes (Dendrohyrax dorsalis) by wild chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) at Bossou, Guinea
Article first published online: 31 JAN 2001
Copyright © 2001 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
American Journal of Primatology
Volume 53, Issue 2, pages 93–97, February 2001
How to Cite
Hirata, S., Yamakoshi, G., Fujita, S., Ohashi, G. and Matsuzawa, T. (2001), Capturing and toying with hyraxes (Dendrohyrax dorsalis) by wild chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) at Bossou, Guinea. Am. J. Primatol., 53: 93–97. doi: 10.1002/1098-2345(200102)53:2<93::AID-AJP5>3.0.CO;2-X
- Issue published online: 31 JAN 2001
- Article first published online: 31 JAN 2001
- Manuscript Accepted: 6 NOV 2000
- Manuscript Received: 26 MAY 2000
- Ministry of Education, Science, Sports, and Culture, Japan. Grant Numbers: 07041135, 07102010, 12301006
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Chimpanzees (Pantroglodytes verus) were observed capturing and toying with western tree hyraxes (Dendrohyrax dorsalis, Order Hyracoidea) at Bossou, Guinea. An adolescent female carried one hyrax for 15 hr, slept with it in her nest, and groomed it. The captive was not consumed. Nearby adults ignored the hyrax. In another case, two adolescent males timidly inspected a small hyrax. These observations indicate that the chimpanzees at Bossou do not regard the hyrax as a prey animal, supporting the idea that lack of opportunity does not seem to be the only reason that chimpanzees do not consume an individual of a potential prey species. Am. J. Primatol. 53:93–97, 2001. © 2001 Wiley-Liss, Inc.