Helping Chimpanzee Conservation Efforts with Satellite Imagery

Caitlin Dempsey

NASA has partnered with the Jane Goodall Institute to provide satellite imagery and the analysis needed to understand where habitat loss is the most extreme to protect chimpanzees in the wild.

A) View of the experimental area in the Forest of Bossou, Guinea. Researchers record the nut-cracking behavior every year, using several video cameras while staying behind a screen of vegetation, c. 20m distance from the wild chimpanzees using tools. B) Female using a stone hammer and anvil to crack open nuts. Note the assortment of stones on the right side which is provided by the researchers, along with the piles of nuts. From enito-Calvo A, Carvalho S, Arroyo A, Matsuzawa T, de la Torre I (2015).

Chimpanzee Behavior Analyzed Using Innovative GIS Application Offers Insight to Our Human Past

Zachary Romano

A group of scholars has developed an innovative new application of GIS to understand stone tool use behaviors in chimpanzees during nut-cracking season.