Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes)


The Kibale Chimpanzee Project, established by Dr. Richard Wrangham in 1987, is a long-term field study of the behavior, ecology, and physiology of wild chimpanzees. Our researchers and field staff conduct daily behavioral observations on a group of approximately 60…



Despite Kibale National Park’s protected status, people still enter the forest illegally to poach animals and extract resources (e.g. logging, collecting firewood, burning wood for charcoal, gathering medicinal plants, grazing livestock). In Kibale, most poaching occurs on a small scale,…



Kibale National Park is located in rural Uganda, where economic and educational opportunities are still quite limited. Because we work closely with the local community that makes up our field staff, and because community development is an essential component of…

Recent Blog Posts


Apes Seizure Database reveals extent of illegal trade

Richard Wrangham discusses the illegal trade in apes.

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Richard Wrangham on BBC Earth

Richard Wrangham discusses doll play by chimpanzees at Kanyawara.


Pan the Hunter

A serial killer torments Kanyawara’s monkeys.



The Kibale Chimpanzee Project is dedicated to the conservation and welfare of chimpanzees and their habitats. We are committed to promoting long-term research on chimpanzees and their ecosystems, to further our understanding of primate diversity, conservation biology, and the evolution of the human condition. We also work with government agencies and international partners to improve the lives of people living near chimpanzees. These programs increase awareness of the benefits of protecting rainforests and their inhabitants, and help to increase income in local areas, to reduce the destruction of the rainforest.

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