Mon February 23, 2009
On the behavior of our closest living relatives, the apes.
By Rich Fisher
Tulsa, Oklahoma – On today's show, we hear from Dr. John Mitani (a professor of anthropology at the University of Michigan) about chimpanzees. Dr. Mitani is delivering a free-to-the-public lecture called "The Behavior of Wild Chimpanzees" on Thursday of this week (February 26th) at 7pm in Helmerich Hall on the TU campus. (This lecture is sponsored by TU's Biological Sciences and Geosciences faculties; it's presented in honor of the recent bicentennial of the birth of Charles Darwin.) Dr. Mitani currently studies an extremely large community of wild chimpanzees at Ngogo, Kibale National Park, Uganda. (Indeed, he has been studying this particular group of apes --- which numbers to some 160 chimps --- for several years.) As he tells our host Rich Fisher: "Despite the fact that we do see male chimpanzees competing within the same community, they also cooperate --- in fact, they cooperate in an almost unparalleled fashion within the animal kingdom." (For more information on Dr. Mitani's upcoming lecture at TU, call 918-631-2517 or 918-631-3833.)