Till the Last Drop : Honey Gathering in Nigerian Chimpanzees

  title={Till the Last Drop : Honey Gathering in Nigerian Chimpanzees},
  author={Volker Sommer and Umaru Buba and Gonçalo Jesus and Alejandra Pascual-Garrido},
Various populations of chimpanzees attack beehives to obtain honey, often with the help of wooden tools. However, little is known about how honey abundance in tropical habitats fluctuates with season and how chimpanzees respond to this. For a woodland-savannah habitat inhabited by the Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzee subspecies, we analyzed monthly proportions of flowering trees and vines as a proxy for honey production. We found a strict negative correlation between flowering and rainfall, probably… CONTINUE READING