, Volume 41, Issue 3, pp 337–341

Chimpanzees in Bwindi-Impenetrable National Park, Uganda, use different tools to obtain different types of honey


  • Craig B. Stanford
    • Department of AnthropologyUniversity of Southern California
  • Caleb Gambaneza
    • Institute for Tropical Forest Conservation
  • John Bosco Nkurunungi
    • Department of ZoologyMakerere University
  • Michele L. Goldsmith
    • Department of Environmental and Population HealthTufts University School of Veterinary Medicine
Short Communication

DOI: 10.1007/BF02557602

Cite this article as:
Stanford, C.B., Gambaneza, C., Nkurunungi, J.B. et al. Primates (2000) 41: 337. doi:10.1007/BF02557602


Evidence of tool use for foraging for honey by chimpanzees in Bwindi-Impenetrable National Park, Uganda, is reported. These are the first records of tool use by chimpanzees in this region of the Albertine Rift. Tools of two types were found at sites of bee activity. Chimpanzees apparently use small stick tools to forage for the honey of a stingless bee [Meliponula bocandei (Trigonidae)] that nests in tree cavities and also in subterranean holes. They use significantly larger, thicker tools to assist in foraging for honey of African honeybees (Apis mellifera).

Key Words

ChimpanzeesTool useHoney-foragingBeesTool archaeology

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