Anthropology / Everything Human

For Chimps, Human Touch Can Hurt
  • Field Notes

    At a sanctuary in Cameroon, caregiver Henriette holds Gnala, a 2-year-old chimpanzee who had previously lived in a human household as a pet.

    For Chimps, Human Touch Can Hurt

    An anthropologist spent two years studying care at chimpanzee sanctuaries in Cameroon. She left with a deeper appreciation of how human contact, though necessary to rehabilitate and heal rescued wildlife, can also leave lasting scars.