Wildlife of Guinea

Remarkable story from Guinea’s forests

Wild chimpanzees are learning how to outwit human hunters.

Across Africa, people often lay snare traps to catch bushmeat, killing or injuring chimps and other wildlife.

But a few chimps living in the rainforests of Guinea have learnt to recognise these snare traps laid by human hunters, researchers have found.

More astonishing, the chimps actively seek out and intentionally deactivate the traps, setting them off without being harmed.

The discovery was serendipitously made by primatologists Mr Gaku Ohashi and Professor Tetsuro Matsuzawa who were following chimps living in Bossou, Guinea to study the apes’ social behaviour.

Chimpanzees of Bossou and Nimba: Research page

The majority of the populations of the Western Chimpanzee are found in the Upper Guinea Forests. These forests are among the most biologically rich in the world. They are unfortunately also among the most threatened. The Guinean Forest has been designated as one of the world’s 25 hotspots for biodiversity

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