Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes troglodytes) tool use in the Ngotto Forest, Central African Republic

Authors

  • Thurston C. Hicks,

    1. Chimpanzee and Human Communications Institute, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Washington
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  • Roger S. Fouts,

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    1. Chimpanzee and Human Communications Institute, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Washington
    • Chimpanzee and Human Communications Institute, Central Washington University, 400th East University Way, Ellensburg, WA, 98926-7573
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  • Deborah H. Fouts

    1. Chimpanzee and Human Communications Institute, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Washington
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Abstract

Over a 7-month period, stick tools constructed by chimpanzees were collected and measured at the Ngotto Forest site in Central African Republic. The chimpanzees were found to use tools to dip for ants and to probe for honey. The basic descriptions of these tools and the contexts in which they were found are presented. The lengths of two of the tool types were compared with the use of a t-test for independent groups. It was found that the lengths of the tools differed significantly depending upon their function. The location and habitat type of each tool site were plotted on a map. The tool types were distributed throughout the southern part of the study area, and with one exception all tool sites were found in the same type of habitat. Two tool sites with two other types of tools (honey hammer/club and ant club) were found. The tool types at Ngotto are compared with those found at other chimpanzee field sites, and the implications for diversity in chimpanzee material culture are discussed. Am. J. Primatol. 65:221–237, 2005. © 2005 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

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