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Research on & Conservation of

the wild chimpanzees

in Taï National Park, Côte d‘Ivoire,

since 1979

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It is with great sadness and huge grief that we have to inform you that the chimpanzees have lost their strongest champion.

On January 14, 2024, our mentor and friend, founder of the Tai Chimpanzee Project and the Wild Chimpanzee Foundation, Christophe Boesch passed away, totally unexpected, at age of 72 in Leipzig.

Our thoughts are with his wife Hedwige and his children Lukas and Leonore, their partners and Christophe's grandchildren.

The TCP family

Welcome to the

Taï Chimpanzee Project

The Taï Chimpanzee Project is committed to non-invasive research on and conservation of the wild chimpanzees and other non-human primates in the Taï National Park, Côte d‘Ivoire, since 1979.



We conduct non-invasive research in all areas of chimpanzee biology: social behaviour, cognition, and communication following Tingergen's four questions on adaptation, evolution, causation and ontogeny.

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The Taï National Park, Côte d‘Ivoire, is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and was declared one of two most irreplaceable protected areas in West Africa for biodiversity and species survival (Le Saout et al. 2013). Together with our partners, we are committed to protect the parks ecosystem and its fauna and flora.

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We are committed to the education of the next generation of Primatologists, offering PhD and MSc projects, experience in our field site as a voluntary research assistant and capacity building in countries of ape origine.


One Health

The health of humans, animals and environment are closely related. With our partners, we study the ecology of zoonotic diseases in the Taï National Park, Côte d‘Ivoire, develop methods to reduce the risk and educate the local population about this interaction.

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Meet the TCP Management Team

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Director of TCP

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Co-Director of TCP

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Head of TCP Vet-Unit

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Abidjan Coordinator of TCP

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TCP long-term data manager


Host of TCP in Côte d’Ivoire


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