Approaches and methods
A combination of field and laboratory methods are combined to answer some of the following questions:
- Under which socio-demographic and ecological conditions is meat consumption likely to increase in frequency?
- Under which conditions does diversification of behaviour emerge?
- Under which conditions does tool use complexity increase
Data are collected with a variety of methods and for investigating (a) resource availability, (b) social-demographic structure, and (c) behavior
|Vegetation (Habitat structure)||Transects, plots|
|Vegetation (Seasonal fruit availability)||Phenology: Revisits of selected trees|
|Prey||Camera traps, line transects|
|Insects||Strip and line transects, bee traps|
|Social structure||Camera traps, genetics|
|Demography||Camera traps, genetics|
|Meat consumption||Isotope analysis of hair and baseline flora and fauna|
|Tool use and availability||Camera traps, Strip transects|
|Biodiversity||Camera traps, line transects, carrion fly traps|
|Guidelines for research and data collection for the cultured chimpanzee Pan African programme - field protocol [pdf]|
|Directives pour la recherche et la collecte des données pour le Programme Pan Africain: Le chimpanzé cultivé|
This document outlines current approaches to great ape surveys and monitoring for field biologists, protected area managers, government wildlife departments and the conservation community at large.