Encyclopedia of Animal Cognition and Behavior

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Wolfgang Köhler Primate Research Center

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-47829-6_458-1

Synonyms

Definition

A project of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology located at the Leipzig Zoo in Germany that focuses its research efforts on the study of the behavior and cognition of the four great ape species including chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas, and orangutans (Wolfgang Köhler Primate Research Center 2018).

Introduction

Named after Wolfgang Köhler, the Wolfgang Köhler Primate Research Center was first conceptualized in 1997 after the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology initiated focused efforts on the comparative observation of nonhuman primates. Shortly thereafter, construction of the Wolfgang Köhler Primate Research Center, otherwise known as Pongoland, began at Leipzig Zoo in Germany (Oberwemmer and Rasback 2001). Pongoland is one of six themed worlds located at Leipzig Zoo (Wolfgang Köhler Primate Research Center 2018). Upon the completion of construction, Pongoland first opened its doors...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The University of Southern MississippiHattiesburgUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • David Hanbury
    • 1
  1. 1.Averett UniversityDanvilleUSA