Extensive toolkits give chimps a taste of honey

Central African apes use sets of as many as five modified sticks to extract snacks from hives

By Bruce Bower, 14:28 PM May 28, 2009

Chimpanzees living in central Africa’s dense forests have no access to a hardware store, but that doesn’t stop them from assembling their own brand of toolkits. These apes use as many as five homemade tools in set sequences to obtain honey from beehives located at least 20 meters high in the trees, in fallen tree trunks and up to 1 meter underground, according to two new studies.

Chimps living in Gabon’s Loango National Park modify tree branches of various lengths and widths to make complex...

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