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Chimps Outsmart Hunters

Chimps Outsmart Hunters

Chimps in Guinea rainforests (Western Africa) are learning to set off traps intended for them by hunters, without getting caught or injured. Hunters set snares and traps for the chimps to capture and kill them to eat or sell in the bushmeat trade.

Japanese researchers Gaku Oshashi and Tetsuro Matsuzawa followed wild chimps in Guinea observing them both break the traps and set them off without getting caught in them.

The traps to capture the animals are often made of a wire loop and resemble a noose.

These particular chimps appear to have learned which parts of the snares are dangerous and how to avoid them. Mr. Ohashi said, “This is the first report of chimpanzees breaking snares without injury.” (Source: BBC News) Their research study is titled, Deactivation of Snares by Wild Chimpanzees and was published in the journal Primate. Chimpanzees and other primates are threatened with extinction due to habitat loss, and the bushmeat trade which is killing many of them.

Image Credit: Kabir Bakie

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3:12PM PST on Feb 11, 2013

Nice story!!

1:55PM PST on Dec 19, 2012

Great article.

1:55PM PST on Dec 19, 2012

Great article.

12:48AM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

Way to go chimps now teach your children well.

5:38AM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

We need to stop cutting down their habitat.

8:33AM PST on Mar 1, 2012

I wish they'd learn to trap the hunters--or yes, as someone else said learn to get (and use) guns--chimps do not need to be hunted for any reason, and the more dead chimp hunters there are, the happier I'll be--not that I'm usually violent or blood-thirsty, but these are innocent animals, on the verge of extinction--why kill them?

2:39PM PST on Jan 17, 2012

Go chimps! Hunters suck. The researchers might better have kept this info. to themselves as now the hunters will think up new ways of catching the chimps.

10:36PM PST on Jan 16, 2012

Non-human primates don't destroy their environment. So who is smarter?

8:25AM PST on Jan 16, 2012

great story

9:50PM PDT on Aug 30, 2011

Who said we were the intellectually dominant species! GO CHIMPS!

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