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Hobaiter, Catherine Louise

Grant Type
Engaged Anthropology Grant
Insitutional Affiliation
St. Andrews, U. of
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Project Title
Hobaiter, Dr. Catherine, U. of St. Andrews, St. Andrews, UK - To aid engaged activities on 'Without words: Understanding Great Apes Through Their Gestural Communication,' 2013, Uganda

DR. CATHERINE HOBAITER, University of St. Andrews, St. Andrews, United Kingdom, received an Engaged Anthropology Grant in August 2012 to aid 'Without Words: Understanding Great Apes through their Gestural Communication.' The grantee travelled back to Uganda to share the findings of a study into chimpanzee gestural communication, and show how 'without words' people can understand chimpanzee communication and behavior. The grantee visited local schools and community groups, and was able to invite ten child-ambassadors from each school for a day as a primatologist at the forest research-station. In addition, the major chimpanzee tourism sites were visited to help provide guides with the knowledge and vocabulary to explain chimpanzee behavior -- in particular, signs of stress -- to visiting tourists. All sites were currently habituating new chimpanzee communities for tourism, and were offered training based on findings from a recent study of early-stage habituation. At the research station, interns from the Makerere veterinary and wildlife schools were offered basic tutorials in observation and analysis of chimpanzee behavior. Finally, the grantee gave a class on the research opportunities in great ape behavior at the Makerere University campus.