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Boesch, Christophe

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Behavioural diversity in chimpanzees and bonobos( )

21 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 1,910 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) and bonobos (Pan paniscus), otherwise known as pygmy chimpanzees, are the only two species of the genus Pan. As they are our nearest relatives, there has been much research devoted to investigating the similarities and differences between them. This book offers an extensive review of the most recent observations to come from field studies on the diversity of Pan social behaviour, with contributions from many of the world's leading experts in this field. A wide range of social behaviours is discussed including tool use, hunting, reproductive strategies and conflict management as well as demographic variables and ecological constraints. In addition to interspecies behavioural diversity, this text describes exciting new research into variations between different populations of the same species. Researchers and students working in the fields of primatology, anthropology and zoology will find this a fascinating read
Among African apes : stories and photos from the field by Christophe Boesch( )

10 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 1,733 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These compelling stories and photographs take us to places like Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda, Ivindo National Park in Gabon, and the Tai National Park in Cote d'Ivoire for an intimate and revealing look at the lives of African wild apes--and at the lives of the humans who study them. In tales of adventure, research, and conservation, veteran field researchers and conservationists describe exciting discoveries made over the past few decades about chimpanzees, bonobos, and gorillas
Wild cultures : a comparison between chimpanzee and human cultures by Christophe Boesch( )

16 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 777 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"How do chimpanzees say, 'I want to have sex with you?' By clipping a leaf or knocking on a tree trunk? How do they eat live aggressive ants? By using a short stick with one hand or long stick with both? Ivorian and Tanzanian chimpanzees answer these questions differently, as would humans from France and China if asked how they eat rice. Christophe Boesch takes readers into the lives of chimpanzees from different African regions, highlighting the debate about culture. His ethnography reveals how simple techniques have evolved into complex ones, how teaching styles differ, how material culture widens access to new food sources and how youngsters learn culture. This journey reveals many parallels between humans and chimpanzees and points to striking differences. Written in a vivid and accessible style, Wild Cultures places the reader in social and ecological contexts that shed light on our twin cultures"--
Monogamy : mating strategies and partnerships in birds, humans, and other mammals( Book )

11 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 419 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publisher's description: Why do males of some species live with a single mate when they are capable of fertilizing more than one female's eggs? Why do some females pair only with one male, and not with several partners? Why do birds usually live in pairs and feed chicks together whilst mammals often live in larger groups with females rearing their young without male help? These questions form the central theme of this book. Social monogamy is a complex, multi-faceted phenomenon that does not always correspond with reproductive monogamy, so a paired male may not necessarily be raising his own offspring. Exploring the variables influencing and maintaining the fascinating diversity of social, sexual and reproductive monogamous partnerships in birds, mammals and humans, this book provides clues to the biological roots of monogamy for students and researchers in behavioral ecology, evolutionary anthropology, primatology, zoology and ornithology
Tool use in animals : cognition and ecology by Crickette Marie Sanz( Book )

11 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 374 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The last decade has witnessed remarkable discoveries and advances in our understanding of the tool using behaviour of animals. Wild populations of capuchin monkeys have been observed to crack open nuts with stone tools, similar to the skills of chimpanzees and humans. Corvids have been observed to use and make tools that rival in complexity the behaviours exhibited by the great apes. Excavations of the nut cracking sites of chimpanzees have been dated to around 4-5 thousand years ago. Tool Use in Animals collates these and many more contributions by leading scholars in psychology, biology and anthropology, along with supplementary online materials, into a comprehensive assessment of the cognitive abilities and environmental forces shaping these behaviours in taxa as distantly related as primates and corvids"--
The chimpanzees of the Taï Forest : behavioural ecology and evolution by Christophe Boesch( Book )

13 editions published between 2000 and 2008 in English and held by 365 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Chimpanzee behaviour is documented here in all its impressive diversity and variety. Aggression, territoriality, social structure and relationships, reproductive strategies, hunting, tool use - each of these is given its own chapter, along with topics such as chimp intelligence, life histories, and demography. The authors take care to place their observations within the broader context of research in behavioural ecology, and to compare and contrast their findings with other important work on chimpanzee groups, such as that by Jane Goodall. The book concludes with a summary chapter relating the chimpanzee findings to our understanding of human evolution."--Jacket
The real chimpanzee : sex strategies in the forest by Christophe Boesch( Book )

7 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 350 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Real Chimpanzee encapsulates the fascinating behaviour of wild chimpanzees and discusses the differences observed in different populations across the species, and across the many levels of their social behaviour. It explains why sex competition and predation pressures in a forest chimpanzee population made the females of the group highly social and gave the males a high level of within-group solidarity, making them very xenophobic towards outsiders. Love is what makes war possible. Christophe Boesch brings back to the table the debate over ecological pressures and social organization, and the influence they have over issues such as the evolution of warfare, co-operation, altruism and the position of females. Written in an accessible style for a general audience as well as for undergraduate and graduate students, he presents insightful views to give readers the background information to understand the struggle for survival of our closest living relative, the chimpanzee, and through this to find some keys to the ever-so-intriguing question of what makes us human
Feeding ecology in apes and other primates : ecological, physical, and behavioral aspects( Book )

10 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in English and held by 209 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chimpanzee : the making of the film by Christophe Boesch( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a behind-the-scenes tour of the making of the Disneynature film that follows the African rainforest story of a newborn chimpanzee who is adopted by his group's leader when his mother is taken away by a rival group
Manifeste pour les grands singes by Christophe Boesch( Book )

2 editions published in 2011 in French and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Aucune famille de mammifères n'est aujourd'hui plus menacée que celle des grands singes. Les populations de gibbons, gorilles, orangs-outans, bonobos et chimpanzés déclinent à un rythme effréné, au fur et à mesure de la destruction de leur milieu de vie : les forêts tropicales. Or celles-ci sont abattues et exploitées pour le bois ou des plantations industrielles, tel le palmier à huile." (4e de couv.)
The Making of The trials of life( Visual )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Go behind the scenes for "The making of The trials of life"--One of the most dramatic nature documentary series ever made
Animal social complexity : intelligence, culture, and individualized societies by F. B. M. de Waal( )

2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The editors of this volume argue that future research into complex animal societies and intelligence will change the perception of animals as gene machines, programmed to act in particular ways and perhaps elevate them to a status much closer to our own. At a time when humans are perceived more biologically than ever before, and animals as more cultural, are we about to witness the dawn of a truly unified social science, one with a distinctly cross-specific perspective?
The Nut-cracking chimpanzees of Tai Forest( Visual )

4 editions published between 1991 and 2013 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shows chimpanzees in the Tai National Forest of the Ivory Coast in their daily life of feeding on nuts (Coula edulis and Panda oleosa) and social interaction. Emphasizes their use of tools for cracking nuts, including stones and sticks used as hammers and sticks with holes in them for holding the nuts as anvils. The young learn how to use the tools from observing their mothers, with whom they stay in close contact for several years before becoming independent. The mothers also share the food with the young, and teach the young how to ask for a share
Among the apes : stories and photos from Africa( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Menschenaffen Begegnung mit unseren nächsten Verwandten( Book )

3 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in German and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ape culture by Cord Riechelmann( Book )

3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ape Culture' traces the long cultural and scientific obsession with humanity?s closest relatives. In the Western historical representations of modernity, depictions of apes were traditionally used to show the absence of culture. Standing as a liminal figure separating humans and animals, the ape has, since ancient times, played a central role in the narrative of civilisational progress. This book, which appears in conjunction with the exhibition of the same nameseeks, however, to go beyond the mere examination of apes as signifiers of difference. The juxtaposition of artworks with documents taken from popular culture and the history of primatology gives the reader an insight into what the science historian Donna Haraway has termed the?primate order?? a hall of mirrors reflecting the scientific and cultural projections that turned the ape from an instrument of humanity?s self-definition into an integral element in testing out the possibility of reconstructing human?nature?.0Exhibition: Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany (30.04.-06.07.2015)
Manifeste pour les grands singes by Christophe Boesch( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in French and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nut-cracking behavior of wild chimpanzees by Christophe Boesch( Book )

5 editions published between 1983 and 1984 in English and German and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

West African chimpanzees : status survey and conservation action plan( Book )

2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Regional action plan for the conservation of chimpanzees in West Africa (Pan troglodytes verus and Pan troglodytes vellerosus)( Book )

2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wild chimpanzees are only found in tropical Africa, where their populations have declined by more than 66 percent in the last 30 years, from 600,000 to fewer than 200,000 individuals. While this decline by itself is alarming, it merits additional concern because, more than any other species, chimpanzees closely resemble humans genetically, behaviorally, and physically, and thus provide an important link to our evolutionary history. The two West African sub-species of chimpanzees, the Western Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes verus) and the Nigerian Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes vellerosus) are the most threatened. Indeed, they have already become extinct in three West African countries: Benin, Togo, and Burkina Faso. Throughout their range, chimpanzees are threatened by deforestation, poaching, and capture for the pet trade and research purposes. These threats are exacerbated by the recent human population explosion in West Africa. The following action plan details a strategy for protecting 80 percent of the surviving chimpanzees in West Africa at a cost of US $9 million. The plan resulted from a recent workshop in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, where an international group of 72 biologists, protected areas managers, government officials, and other experts met to discuss priority actions for protecting chimpanzees in West Africa
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Behavioural diversity in chimpanzees and bonobos
Among African apes : stories and photos from the fieldMonogamy : mating strategies and partnerships in birds, humans, and other mammalsThe chimpanzees of the Taï Forest : behavioural ecology and evolutionThe real chimpanzee : sex strategies in the forestFeeding ecology in apes and other primates : ecological, physical, and behavioral aspectsAmong the apes : stories and photos from Africa
Alternative Names
Boesch, C.

Boesch, C. (Christophe)

Christophe Boesch ahli biologi asal Perancis

Christophe Boesch bioloog uit Zwitserland

Christophe Boesch französisch-schweizerischer Verhaltensforscher

Christophe Boesch French/Swiss primatologist

Christophe Boesch primatologue franco-suisse

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German (4)

French (3)