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John Mitani

Professor, University of Michigan


John Mitani is the James N. Spuhler Collegiate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan. He is a primate behavioural ecologist who investigates the behaviour of our closest living relatives, the apes. During the past 34 years, he has conducted fieldwork on the behaviour of all five kinds of apes: gibbons, orangutans, gorillas, bonobos and chimpanzees. His current research involves studies of an extremely large community of wild chimpanzees at Ngogo, Kibale National Park, Uganda.