Ai's Scarf Award

Women-in-Primatology Award

In Celebration of the World Chimpanzee Day

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

* Please refer to the detailed explanation given in the following article: Matsuzawa T (2018) World Chimpanzee Day and the Ai's Scarf Award Primates Volume 59, Issue 5, pp 409-412 doi: 10.1007/s10329-018-0681-8


The Ai's Scarf Award 2019 went to Dr Crickette Sanz, the associate professor of Physical Anthropology, Washington University in St. Louis, USA. Crickette Sanz, together with her husband and collaborator, David Morgan, co-directs the study of wild Central chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes troglodytes) and western lowland gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) in the Goualougo Triangle and Mondika research sites located in northern Republic of Congo. They succeeded in documenting the unique repertoire of tool use by these chimpanzees and also the spectrum of social interactions that occur between sympatric chimpanzees and gorillas. They have also advanced research in this region by introducing camera traps to study ape behavior, improving survey methods to more precisely estimate ape densities, and conducting long-term monitoring of apes at risk of habitat disturbance, poaching and infectious disease transmission. The 2019 selection committee consists of Jane Goodall, Karen Strier, Juichi Yamagiwa, and Tetsuro Matsuzawa.

Crickette Sanz: https://anthropology.wustl.edu/people/crickette-sanz
Goualougo Triangle Ape Project: http://www.congo-apes.org/
Dr Karen Strier
The Ai's Scarf Award started in 2018 to celebrate the first World Chimpanzee Day. The Ai's Scarf Award 2018 went to Dr Karen Strier. Karen is the pioneer of studying muriquis in the Atlantic Forest in Brazil. She is the current president of the International Primatological Society (IPS). The scarf was given to Karen at the IPS biannual conference in Nairobi in August 2018.
The Ai's silk scarf went to four scholars in 2017. The first one went to Dr Jane Goodall on February 24th at her home in Bournemouth, England. The second one went to Dr Sabrina Krief on March 9th in the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris, France. The third one went to Dr Catherine Hobaiter on March 12th in Edzell, Scotland. The fourth one went to Dr Dora Biro on April 16th in Kyoto, Japan.

This scarf was created in 2017 for the 40th anniversary of the Ai project, and is based on the painting by the chimpanzee Ai.

Please refer this article for detailed explanation: Matsuzawa (2017) "The 40th anniversary of the Ai Project: the commemorative gift is a silk scarf painted by Ai the chimpanzee" Primates, 58, 261-265.

To learn more about World Chimpanzee Day and get involved, please visit worldchimpanzeeday.org.