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Bossou Chimps (67) More files... by Cyril Ruoso
In the rainforests of Bossou chimpanzees are sacred. Held up as a totem by the local people these wild animals are considered holy and cannot be hunted - they even steal fruit from plantations and pillage village huts with impunity but tensions between the growing human population and the primates is natural. These are not ordinary chimps - they are tight-knit group of exceptional animals with a deep ability to learn and teach new skills over generations. They fold leaves to act as sponges to sop up rain water, use rocks to crack open oil-palm nuts, craft fishing sticks to collect edible termites and discourage intruders by throwing large planks of tree bark.

Since 1986 primatologist Tetsuro Matzuzawa has researched the culture of this group and their tool use. Originally there were twenty animals, now only seven remain due to loss of habitat and food sources. In an effort to preserve this chimp population the researchers and villagers cooperated to launch the 'Green Corridor Project' to connect the fragmented forest of Bossou and Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, some 4 kilometers away. This huge endeavor required weeding, digging and planting over 38,000 trees grown from seed over the course of twenty years to transform the savannah into a forest. The corridor is monitored using drones to track illegal tree harvesting and by foot to clear poachers' snares. Ideally this safe corridor will re-establish a flow of migration between the Bossou chimpanzee community and the neighboring Nimba populations helping diversify their genetics and providing the animals more range to avoid conflict with villagers.
Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) using stone tool to crack nuts, Bossou, Guinea. Sequence 3 of 3
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00582366 Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) using stone tool to crack nuts, Bossou, Guinea. Sequence 3 of 3© Cyril Ruoso
Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) using stone tool to crack nuts, Bossou, Guinea. Sequence 1 of 3
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00582364 Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) using stone tool to crack nuts, Bossou, Guinea. Sequence 1 of 3© Cyril Ruoso
Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) using stone tool to crack nuts, Bossou, Guinea. Sequence 2 of 3
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00582365 Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) using stone tool to crack nuts, Bossou, Guinea. Sequence 2 of 3© Cyril Ruoso
Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) male named Jeje using stone tool to crack nuts, Bossou, Guinea
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00582363 Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) male named Jeje using stone tool to crack nuts, Bossou, Guinea© Cyril Ruoso
Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) pair using stone tool to crack nuts, Bossou, Guinea
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00582367 Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) pair using stone tool to crack nuts, Bossou, Guinea© Cyril Ruoso
Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) female named Jire using stone tool to crack nuts, Bossou, Guinea
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00582361 Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) female named Jire using stone tool to crack nuts, Bossou, Guinea© Cyril Ruoso
Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) female named Jire using stone tool to crack nuts, Bossou, Guinea
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00582362 Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) female named Jire using stone tool to crack nuts, Bossou, Guinea© Cyril Ruoso
Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) five year old juvenile male named Fanwwaa, Bossou, Guinea
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00582421 Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) five year old juvenile male named Fanwwaa, Bossou, Guinea© Cyril Ruoso
Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) five year old juvenile male named Fanwwaa throwing bark, Bossou, Guinea. Sequence 1 of 3
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00582408 Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) five year old juvenile male named Fanwwaa throwing bark, Bossou, Guinea. Sequence 1 of 3© Cyril Ruoso
Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) five year old juvenile male named Fanwwaa throwing bark, Bossou, Guinea. Sequence 2 of 3
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00582409 Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) five year old juvenile male named Fanwwaa throwing bark, Bossou, Guinea. Sequence 2 of 3© Cyril Ruoso
Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) five year old juvenile male named Fanwwaa throwing bark, Bossou, Guinea. Sequence 3 of 3
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00582410 Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) five year old juvenile male named Fanwwaa throwing bark, Bossou, Guinea. Sequence 3 of 3© Cyril Ruoso
Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) five year old juvenile male named Fanwwaa throwing bark, Bossou, Guinea. Sequence 1 of 3
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00582403 Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) five year old juvenile male named Fanwwaa throwing bark, Bossou, Guinea. Sequence 1 of 3© Cyril Ruoso
Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) five year old juvenile male named Fanwwaa throwing bark, Bossou, Guinea
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00582407 Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) five year old juvenile male named Fanwwaa throwing bark, Bossou, Guinea© Cyril Ruoso
Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) five year old juvenile male named Fanwwaa throwing bark, Bossou, Guinea
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00582406 Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) five year old juvenile male named Fanwwaa throwing bark, Bossou, Guinea© Cyril Ruoso
Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) five year old juvenile male named Fanwwaa throwing bark, Bossou, Guinea. Sequence 3 of 3
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00582405 Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) five year old juvenile male named Fanwwaa throwing bark, Bossou, Guinea. Sequence 3 of 3© Cyril Ruoso
Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) five year old juvenile male named Fanwwaa throwing bark, Bossou, Guinea. Sequence 2 of 3
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00582404 Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) five year old juvenile male named Fanwwaa throwing bark, Bossou, Guinea. Sequence 2 of 3© Cyril Ruoso
Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) five year old juvenile male named Fanwwaa using leaves as spoon to scoop water from tree cavity, Bossou, Guinea. Sequence 4 of 4
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00582373 Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) five year old juvenile male named Fanwwaa using leaves as spoon to scoop water from tree cavity, Bossou, Guinea. Sequence 4 of 4© Cyril Ruoso
Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) five year old juvenile male named Fanwwaa using leaves as spoon to scoop water from tree cavity, Bossou, Guinea. Sequence 3 of 4
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00582372 Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) five year old juvenile male named Fanwwaa using leaves as spoon to scoop water from tree cavity, Bossou, Guinea. Sequence 3 of 4© Cyril Ruoso
Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) five year old juvenile male named Fanwwaa using leaves as spoon to scoop water from tree cavity, Bossou, Guinea. Sequence 2 of 4
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00582371 Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) five year old juvenile male named Fanwwaa using leaves as spoon to scoop water from tree cavity, Bossou, Guinea. Sequence 2 of 4© Cyril Ruoso
Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) five year old juvenile male named Fanwwaa using leaves as spoon to scoop water from tree cavity, Bossou, Guinea. Sequence 1 of 4
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00582370 Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) five year old juvenile male named Fanwwaa using leaves as spoon to scoop water from tree cavity, Bossou, Guinea. Sequence 1 of 4© Cyril Ruoso
Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) five year old juvenile male named Fanwwaa using chewed up leaves as a sponge, to retain water to drink, Bossou, Guinea. Sequence 2 of 2
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00582369 Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) five year old juvenile male named Fanwwaa using chewed up leaves as a sponge, to retain water to drink, Bossou, Guinea. Sequence 2 of 2© Cyril Ruoso
Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) five year old juvenile male named Fanwwaa using chewed up leaves as a sponge, to retain water to drink, Bossou, Guinea. Sequence 1 of 2
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00582368 Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) five year old juvenile male named Fanwwaa using chewed up leaves as a sponge, to retain water to drink, Bossou, Guinea. Sequence 1 of 2© Cyril Ruoso
Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) biologist holding chewed up leaves used by chimps as a sponge, to retain water to drink, Bossou, Guinea
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00582420 Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) biologist holding chewed up leaves used by chimps as a sponge, to retain water to drink, Bossou, Guinea© Cyril Ruoso
Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) using stick to forage for prey in small tree cavity, Bossou, Guinea
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00582376 Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) using stick to forage for prey in small tree cavity, Bossou, Guinea© Cyril Ruoso
Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) using stick to forage for prey in small tree cavity, Bossou, Guinea
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00582377 Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) using stick to forage for prey in small tree cavity, Bossou, Guinea© Cyril Ruoso
Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) biologists flying drone used for research, Bossou, Guinea
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00582418 Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) biologists flying drone used for research, Bossou, Guinea© Cyril Ruoso
Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) biologist, Professor Matsuzawa, Bossou, Guinea
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00582419 Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) biologist, Professor Matsuzawa, Bossou, Guinea© Cyril Ruoso
Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) biologist, Professor Matsuzawa, holding skull, Bossou, Guinea
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00582428 Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) biologist, Professor Matsuzawa, holding skull, Bossou, Guinea© Cyril Ruoso
Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) conservationist, Professor Matsuzawa, holding plant at nursery to establish wildlife corridor for chimpanzees, Bossou, Guinea
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00582427 Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) conservationist, Professor Matsuzawa, holding plant at nursery to establish wildlife corridor for chimpanzees, Bossou, Guinea© Cyril Ruoso
Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) conservationist, Professor Matsuzawa, at nursery to establish wildlife corridor for chimpanzees, Bossou, Guinea
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00582426 Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) conservationist, Professor Matsuzawa, at nursery to establish wildlife corridor for chimpanzees, Bossou, Guinea© Cyril Ruoso
Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) conservationist, Professor Matsuzawa, establishing wildlife corridor for chimpanzees, Bossou, Guinea
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00582425 Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) conservationist, Professor Matsuzawa, establishing wildlife corridor for chimpanzees, Bossou, Guinea© Cyril Ruoso
Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) five year old juvenile male named Fanwwaa running on path near person, Bossou, Guinea
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00582398 Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) five year old juvenile male named Fanwwaa running on path near person, Bossou, Guinea© Cyril Ruoso
Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) five year old juvenile male named Fanwwaa running on path, Bossou, Guinea
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00582399 Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) five year old juvenile male named Fanwwaa running on path, Bossou, Guinea© Cyril Ruoso
Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) five year old juvenile male named Fanwwaa being carried by his mother named Fanle, Bossou, Guinea
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00582385 Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) five year old juvenile male named Fanwwaa being carried by his mother named Fanle, Bossou, Guinea© Cyril Ruoso
Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) five year old juvenile male named Fanwwaa holding leaf sitting along path, Bossou, Guinea
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00582402 Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) five year old juvenile male named Fanwwaa holding leaf sitting along path, Bossou, Guinea© Cyril Ruoso
Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) male named Jeje stealing corn from hut, Bossou, Guinea
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00582395 Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) male named Jeje stealing corn from hut, Bossou, Guinea© Cyril Ruoso
Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) feeding on bananas from plantation, Bossou, Guinea
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00582413 Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) feeding on bananas from plantation, Bossou, Guinea© Cyril Ruoso
Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) five year old juvenile male named Fanwwaa feeding on fruit, Bossou, Guinea
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00582411 Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) five year old juvenile male named Fanwwaa feeding on fruit, Bossou, Guinea© Cyril Ruoso
Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) five year old juvenile male named Fanwwaa, Bossou, Guinea
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00582389 Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) five year old juvenile male named Fanwwaa, Bossou, Guinea© Cyril Ruoso
Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) five year old juvenile male named Fanwwaa resting, Bossou, Guinea
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00582387 Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) five year old juvenile male named Fanwwaa resting, Bossou, Guinea© Cyril Ruoso
Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) five year old juvenile male named Fanwwaa laying on log, Bossou, Guinea
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00582386 Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) five year old juvenile male named Fanwwaa laying on log, Bossou, Guinea© Cyril Ruoso
Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) female named Jire feeding on fruit, Bossou, Guinea
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00582424 Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) female named Jire feeding on fruit, Bossou, Guinea© Cyril Ruoso
Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) female named Jire feeding on fruit, Bossou, Guinea
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00582414 Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) female named Jire feeding on fruit, Bossou, Guinea© Cyril Ruoso
Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) female named Jire in her day nest, Bossou, Guinea
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00582390 Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) female named Jire in her day nest, Bossou, Guinea© Cyril Ruoso
Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) five year old juvenile male named Fanwwaa drumming on branch in nest, Bossou, Guinea
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00582392 Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) five year old juvenile male named Fanwwaa drumming on branch in nest, Bossou, Guinea© Cyril Ruoso
Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) five year old juvenile male named Fanwwaa drumming on branch in nest, Bossou, Guinea
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00582393 Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) five year old juvenile male named Fanwwaa drumming on branch in nest, Bossou, Guinea© Cyril Ruoso
Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) five year old juvenile male named Fanwwaa drumming on branch in nest, Bossou, Guinea
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00582388 Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) five year old juvenile male named Fanwwaa drumming on branch in nest, Bossou, Guinea© Cyril Ruoso
Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) female named Jire in her day nest, Bossou, Guinea
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00582384 Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) female named Jire in her day nest, Bossou, Guinea© Cyril Ruoso
Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) five year old juvenile male named Fanwwaa at mother's nest, Bossou, Guinea
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00582391 Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) five year old juvenile male named Fanwwaa at mother's nest, Bossou, Guinea© Cyril Ruoso
Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) five year old juvenile male named Fanwwaa, Bossou, Guinea
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00582383 Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) five year old juvenile male named Fanwwaa, Bossou, Guinea© Cyril Ruoso
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