Seed Reingestion in Savannah Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes verus) at Fongoli, Senegal

  title={Seed Reingestion in Savannah Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes verus) at Fongoli, Senegal},
  author={Paco Bertolani and Jill D. Pruetz},
  journal={International Journal of Primatology},
Coprophagy is common in captive primates but has also been reported in the wild. For example, wild apes extract and reingest items from faeces. We term this behavior seed reingestion because the dung matrix is not consumed. We assessed the importance of seed reingestion in a population of savannah chimpanzees at Fongoli, southeastern Senegal, one of the hottest and driest areas of the species’ range, where chimpanzees have a relatively narrow dietary repertoire. We observed habituated… 

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