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January 2010 - March 2011

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University of Minnesota Twin Cities
College of Liberal Arts
Department of Anthropology

PI: Michael L. Wilson

Creation of a Visual Database of Chimpanzee Behavior

The study of the chimpanzees of Gombe National Park, Tanzania, has been continuous since 1960. Over this period, 35mm photographs have been taken of the chimpanzees, both in black and white and in color. Since 1993, over 600 hours of video have been shot during daily follows of the chimpanzees through the forest. The purpose of this project is to enter all this visual material into a database. The material will be stored at several different resolutions so that it can be used both for high-quality illustrations and as web images. The database will be constructed so that the material can be indexed in progressively more detail. The long-term aim is to make the database searchable on the web to qualified users for research and education.

Group Members

Dack Anderson, Staff
Michael R. Evans, Graduate Student
Ian C. Gilby, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Ibha Kumari, Visiting Researcher
Elizabeth V. Lonsdorf, Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, Illinois
Malaak Moussa, Undergraduate Student
Carson Murray, Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, Illinois
Lilian Pintea, The Nature Conservancy, Arlington, Virginia
April Rog, Undergraduate Student
Mark Sanders, Research Associate
Joann Schumacher-Stankey, Staff
Shashi Shekhar, Faculty Collaborator
Emily Wroblewski, Graduate Student