Goualougo’s Tool Using Apes on Ants

August 5, 2009 6:38 PM

This month in the American Journal of Primatology, GTAP scientists reported their observations of chimpanzees preying upon ants with a specialized tool set consisting of a wooden perforating tool to open ant nests and another flexible tool to gather insects. Although chimpanzees in Goualougo are targeting the same ants harvested in other regions, there are no other reports of such regular or widespread use of more than one type of tool to prey upon army ants.

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