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The acts of cannibalism and infanticide are very apparent in the behavior
of the chimpanzee. Many African studies show that wild chimpanzees kill and eat
infants of their own species. (Goodall, 1986:151) Although there is not a clear
answer why chimps engage in this very violent and sometimes gruesome behavior
there are many ideas and suggestions. This essay will deal with chimpanzee
aggression, cannibalism and infanticide. This paper will present information on
major research studies performed in Africa and analyze how and why this strange
behavior occurs in a commonly thought peaceful primate.
Wild chimpanzees(Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) are known to kill and eat
mammals in various parts of Africa. Monkeys were recorded to be consumed in the
Gombe National Park, the Kasakati Basin, and the Budongo Forest. Moreover,
there is new evidence that chimpanzees near the Ugalla River of western Tanzania
also consume mammals.(Riss, 1990:167) Canni...
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