30.03.2015 | iDiv, Research, Sustainability and Complexity in Ape Habitat

New citizen science project: Identify chimps and other wild animals

Screenshot of chimpandsee.org

With Chimp & See, scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, the Pan African Programme and iDiv are embarking on a new citizen science project. Anyone wishing to help biologists evaluate video sequences taken from camera traps in Africa can watch clips at chimpandsee.org; with a little luck, they will spot chimpanzees and other wild animals. Every user can make an invaluable contribution to the study of the wild animals; no previous knowledge is necessary. "We want to find out more about how the primates specifically use tools", says Hjalmar Kühl, head of the iDiv research group "Sustainability and Complexity in Ape Habitat". Kühl explains that long-term studies have already shown that chimpanzees use tools for the same purpose in different ways, but experts are yet to discover how and why this variance evolved.

Find more information in our press release

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