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Since the late 1990s, Sabrina Krief has spent roughly six months every year living with ape communities, mostly chimpanzees. Part of her research focuses on self-medication and the use of medical plants among chimpanzees, the other on changes in their behaviour due to anthropogenic influences. Many of the problems the apes as well as the humans living near apes are facing have to do with the fact that they can be dangerous to one another, especially in terms of diseases that can spread between the species. Therefore, the research into the plants and food the chimpanzees use for self-medication could become extremely valuable for humans too. For now, the commonly shared realization is that humans and apes should keep a respectful distance from each other. Therefore, today, her work as a researcher mainly consists in observing the relationships between the animals rather than building relationships with them. As a primatologist, she has started to practice and adapt ethnographical methods. And one of the lessons chimpanzees as social beings can teach us, she says, is tolerance.

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  • Sabrina Krief

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21/11/2015

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Musée de l’Homme, Paris

est vétérinaire de formation et maître de conférences au Muséum national d'Histoire Naturelle. Depuis près de 20 ans, elle étudie le comportement et la santé des chimpanzés en Afrique et soutient que l´automédication est chez eux une forme de résilience menacée par les activités humaines.

— ENQUÊTE : Devenir terriens
— PRODUCTION : Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— ÉVÉNEMENT : Devenir terriens : dialogues et exercices pour rétrécir et étendre l’humain

est vétérinaire de formation et maître de conférences au Muséum national d'Histoire Naturelle. Depuis près de 20 ans, elle étudie le comportement et la santé des chimpanzés en Afrique et soutient que l´automédication est chez eux une forme de résilience menacée par les activités humaines.

— ENQUÊTE : Devenir terriens
— PRODUCTION : Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— ÉVÉNEMENT : Devenir terriens : dialogues et exercices pour rétrécir et étendre l’humain

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