Related Websites


The Chimpanzees of Bossou And Nimba

The Chimpanzees of Bossou and Nimba is another website presented by KUPRI. It promotes their research and conservation of wild chimpanzees living in Bossou and Nimba, Republic of Guinea, West Africa.

Kumamoto Sanctuary
Kumamoto Sanctuary, WRC

Kumamoto Sanctuary (KS), the first chimpanzee sanctuary in Japan, is a sister institute of KUPRI. KS has been working hard to improve physical and psychological well-being of 53 chims and 6 bonobos currently kept at the facility.

Leading Graduate Program in Primatology and Wildlife Science (PWS), Kyoto University

Kyoto University started a new leading graduate program in "Primatology and Wildlife Science" (PWS) in 2013. PWS aims to provide a new generation of trained professionals to protect the environment by conserving wildlife, informing the public and developing overseas outreach.

Japan Monkey Centre (JMC)

The Japan Monkey Centre (JMC) is a registered museum responsible for producing the journal Primates - the oldest English-language Primatology journal. JMC also runs a unique zoo, specializing in nonhuman primates, housing about 850 individuals representing 60+ different species.

Support for African /Asian Great Apes (SAGA)

Support for African /Asian Great Apes (SAGA) is a non-profit organization founded in 1998. We have hosted meeting for research, conservation, and animal welfare on the African and Asian Great Apes. Most of the ape researchers working in Japan as well as zoo people, conservationists, and others have joined the meeting.

Section of Language and Intelligence, KUPRI

The Section of Language and Intelligence, Primate Research Institute of Kyoto University (KUPRI) is our lab website. CVs of Professor Masaki Tomonaga and other members are available on the website.

大型類人猿情報ネットワーク (GAIN)
The Great Ape Information Network (GAIN)
Department of Wildlife Science, Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University
YouTube Channel: Chimpanzee Ai and her friends
Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research

This website "Chimpanzee Ai" is financially supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan (grant 07102010, 12002009, 16002001, 20002001, 24000001 and 16H06283 to Tetsuro Matsuzawa.)


Videos from Bossou

Green Corridor Project

Photo Gallery

Ai's Scarf Award See

Ai's Scarf Award
(Women-in-Primatology Award)
Ai's Scarf Award

Ai's scarf award celebrates female scholars who dedicate their lives to promoting the research, conservation, and welfare of chimpanzees and other nonhuman primates.

News & Events See

The doctral thesis of the previous exchange student Gabriela Bezerra de Melo Daly (from Ecole normale superieure) received "Mentions speciales du jury" of Prix de These PSL (Universite de recherche Paris Sciences et Lettres) SHS (sciences humaines et sociales) 2019
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Graduate student, Jie Gao, received the 2018 Kyoto University President's Award.
Category: Scholarship
Citation: Ms. Jie Gao studied whether chimpanzee can understand the circular relationship like Rock-Paper-Scissors Game, compared with human children, and got the idea that there might be some differences in the perception of "body" between humans and chimpanzees. She is currently going on unique studies of "perception of the upside-down body". These studies were highly evaluated in Japan as well as internationally, and she has won a total of nine awards, including the award of Journal "Primates" 2018 Social Impact Award.
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