Novelty Response of Wild African Apes to Camera Traps

Ammie K. Kalan, Gottfried Hohmann, Mimi Arandjelovic, Christophe Boesch, Maureen S. McCarthy, Anthony Agbor, Samuel Angedakin, Emma Bailey, Cosma Wilungula Balongelwa, Mattia Bessone, Gaëlle Bocksberger, Sally Jewel Coxe, Tobias Deschner, Marie Lyne Després-Einspenner, Paula Dieguez, Barbara Fruth, Ilka Herbinger, Anne Céline Granjon, Josephine Head, Yves Aka KablanKevin Langergraber, Albert Lotana Lokasola, Giovanna Maretti, Sergio Marrocoli, Menard Mbende, Jennifer Moustgaard, Paul Kouame N'Goran, Martha M. Robbins, Joost van Schijndel, Volker Sommer, Martin Surbeck, Nikki Tagg, Jacob Willie, Roman M. Wittig, Hjalmar S. Kühl

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Kalan et al. use a large-scale field experiment to assess the reaction of wild great apes toward a novel object: camera trap devices. Bonobos show the strongest looking impulse and are more neophobic than either gorillas or chimpanzees. Additional social and environmental effects on reactions demonstrate the complexities of animal curiosity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1211-1217.e3
JournalCurrent Biology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Apr 1 2019


  • Gorilla gorilla
  • Pan paniscus
  • Pan troglodytes
  • behavioral reaction
  • curiosity
  • exploration
  • looking impulse
  • neophobia
  • novel object
  • temperament

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)


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