, Volume 41, Issue 1, pp 103–108

Ant dipping and meat eating by wild chimpanzees in the kalinzu forest, uganda


  • Chie Hashimoto
    • Primate Research InstituteKyoto University
  • Takeshi Furuichi
    • Laboratory of BiologyMeiji-gakuin University
  • Yasuko Tashiro
    • Primate Research InstituteKyoto University
Short Communication

DOI: 10.1007/BF02557466

Cite this article as:
Hashimoto, C., Furuichi, T. & Tashiro, Y. Primates (2000) 41: 103. doi:10.1007/BF02557466


New evidence of ant dipping and meat eating by chimpanzees was recorded in the Kalinzu Forest, Uganda. We found stems and branches at the nests of driver ants,Dorylus molestus, just after chimpanzees had left the spot. Fecal samples also revealed that chimpanzees sometimes ate driver ants. The configuration of stems and branches and the condition of holes at the driver ant's nests suggested that chimpanzees used them as wands to dip for ants. The frequency of ant dipping and length of wands may be more related to culturel rather than ecological factors. Although hunting was not seen, we found chim-panzees eating a blue monkey and a redtail monkey. In both cases, they ate meat and leaves alternatively, and shared meat with each other.

Key Words

Pan troglodytesTool useAnt dippingMeat eatingCulture
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