Yale anthropologist unlocks real story of the chimpanzee

Deep in the Ugandan jungle, David Watts, Yale anthropologist and consultant for new Disney movie “Chimpanzee,” has studied the behavior of humanity’s closest relative.  The Ngogo forest boasts one of the largest chimpanzee populations in the world, which not only makes it a great location to film movies, but an unparalleled place to explore chimp behavior. And this movie shows how the presence of Watts and colleagues at the University of Michigan helps keep chimpanzees safe from the ravages of poachers.

Deep in the Ugandan jungle, David Watts, Yale anthropologist and consultant for new Disney movie “Chimpanzee,” has studied the behavior of humanity’s closest relative.  The Ngogo forest boasts one of the largest chimpanzee populations in the world, which not only makes it a great location to film movies, but an unparalleled place to explore chimp behavior. And this movie shows how the presence of Watts and colleagues at the University of Michigan helps keep chimpanzees safe from the ravages of poachers.

Read more about the Ngogo Chimpanzee Project

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