Duke University
Chimpanzee Behavior and Conservation
Duke University

Chimpanzee Behavior and Conservation

Taught in English

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Emily Boehm
Anne Pusey
Kara Walker

Instructors: Emily Boehm


(267 reviews)

Beginner level
No prior experience required
15 hours to complete
3 weeks at 5 hours a week
Flexible schedule
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There are 6 modules in this course

Welcome! We are glad you chose to join us to learn more about chimpanzees. We are looking forward to sharing what we've learned while we have studied chimpanzees. Please watch our welcome video to get started.

What's included

1 video3 readings

For this week, learners will experience the adventure and risks that Jane Goodall undertook in launching her research at Gombe. Learners will be able to recognize why it's important to study chimpanzees and the kinds of research questions we can ask by studying them. Learners will be able to identify different techniques used to collect the different kinds of data necessary to answer the research questions. Additionally, learners will be able to identify the range of chimpanzee populations across Africa and the structure of chimpanzee communities.

What's included

9 videos5 readings5 quizzes

In this week, learners will understand key similarities and differences in birth and motherhood in chimpanzees and humans and will be able to list and explain major development milestones in infant and juvenile chimpanzees. Additionally, learners will be able to classify types of infant play and recognize the value of play for chimpanzee development.

What's included

7 videos4 readings4 quizzes

Upon completion of this week's materials, learners will be able to create a framework to outline a typical day in the life of a chimpanzee. This includes being able to identify important food sources for chimpanzees and being able to relate differences in diet to changes in behavior. Learners will also be able to hypothesize about the cognitive skills required for chimpanzees to forage and hunt successfully.

What's included

8 videos4 readings4 quizzes

In this week, learners will be able to identify the types of competitive and friendly behavior that chimpanzees demonstrate between and within groups. They will appreciate the importance of dominance hierarchies and how these are determined and be able to evaluate the importance of close social bonds for chimpanzees. Learners will also be able to identify both male and female mating strategies, including female sexual swellings and when they occur. Additionally, by the end of this week learners will be able to explain why there can be conflict between males and females over mating and why inbreeding is worse for females than males.

What's included

16 videos7 readings6 quizzes

In this week, learners will be able to identify and describe threats to chimpanzee populations and evaluate the role that captive chimpanzees play in chimpanzee conservation. Learners should also be able to make an effective argument against the use of chimpanzees in entertainment in terms of effects on conservation efforts and attitude, as well as assess the importance of education and human wellness in conservation outcomes. Lastly, learners should be inspired to contribute to the goal of chimpanzee conservation through actions and outreach.

What's included

10 videos4 readings4 quizzes1 peer review


Instructor ratings
4.9 (85 ratings)
Emily Boehm
Duke University
1 Course10,720 learners
Anne Pusey
Duke University
1 Course10,720 learners
Kara Walker
Duke University
1 Course10,720 learners

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