Gen'ichi Idani

Gen'ichi Idani

Professor Emeritus of Kyoto University, concurrently serving as
Director and Special Appointed Professor at the Wildlife Research Center of Kyoto University

Doctor of Science, Kyoto University

I started the ecological anthropology on traditional fishing in Okinawa at 1984. At the same time, I have been studying wild bonobos in Democratic Republic of the Cong (Zaire). I have also been studying wild chimpanzees and other mammals at the western Congo and the Ugalla area, Tanzania since 1991. On the other hand, I have been promoting welfare studies for captive great apes in Japan. I aim to understand sociality of wild animals through their ecology and ethology, and to create new fields of academic study in the natural science.

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Professional History
  • April 2023-
    Special Appointed Professor, Wildlife Research Center, Kyoto University
  • October 2021-
    Director, Wildlife Research Center, Kyoto University
  • 2008-2023
    Professor, Wildlife Research Center, Kyoto University
  • 2007-2008
    Visiting Professor, Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University
  • 2003
    Lecturer on Anthropology at postgraduate course of Okayama University of Science
  • 2002-2013
    Director, Great Ape Research Institute [GARI], Hayashibara Biochemical Laboratories, Inc. [HBL]),
    Lecturer on Environmental Sociology at The University of Kitakyushu
  • 1999-2003
    Head, Division of Anthropology, HMNS
  • 1998-2000
    Project Leader for great ape studies, HMNS
  • 1996-1998
    Educator at Hayashibara Museum of Natural Sciences [HMNS],
    Lecturer on Anthropology at Kwansei-Gakuin University
  • 1994-1996
    Lecturer on Anthropology, Animal Ecology and Ecosystem at Kyoto-Sangyo University
  • 1992-1996
    Lecturer on Anthropology at Doshisha-Women University, Doshisha University and Ritsumeikan University
  • 1990-1991
    Lecturer on Anthropology at Doshisha-Women University, Teacher on Science and Biology at Kyoto Saikyo High School
  • 1984-1985
    Assistant Worker of Instruction, University of the Ryukyus

Selected Publications
  • Wilson V. A. D., Weiss A., Humle T., Morimura N., Udono T., Idani G., Matsuzawa T., Hirata S., Inoue-Murayama M. (2017) Chimpanzee personarity and the arginine vasopressin receptor 1A genotype. Behavior Genetics 47: 215 doi: 10.1007/s10519-016-9822-2.
  • Yamanashi Y., Teramoto M., Morimura N., Hirata S., Inoue-Murayama M., Idani G. (2016) Effects of Relocation and Individual and Environmental Factors on the Long-Term Stress Levels in Captive Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes): Monitoring Hair Cortisol and Behaviors. PLoS ONE 11(7): e0160029. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0160029.
  • Yasui S. & Idani G. (2016) Social significance of trunk use in captive Asian elephants. Ethology Ecology & Evolution, doi: 10.1080/03949370.2016.1179684.
  • Saito, M. and Idani G. (2016) Comparison of proximity and social behavior between calf and juvenile in wild giraffe (Giraffa Camelopardalis tippelskirchi) change after calving. Design Symposium on Conservation of Ecosystem (The 4th SEASTAR2000 workshop)
  • How social relationships of female giraffe (Giraffa Camelopardalis tippelskirchi) change after calving. African Journal of Ecology 54(2): 242-244 doi: 10.1111/aje.12268.
  • Yamanashi Y., Teramoto M., Morimura N., Hirata S., Suzuki J., Hayashi M., Kinoshita K., Murayama M. & Idani G. (2016) Analysis of hair cortisol levels in captive chimpanzees: Effect of various methods on cortisol stability and variability. MethodsX 3: 110-117. doi: 10.1016/j.mex.2016.01.004.
  • Kinoshita K., Kuze N., Kobayashi T., Miyakawa E., Narita H., Inoue-Murayama M., Idani G. & Tsenkova R. (2016) Detection of urinary estrogen conjugates and creatinine using near infrared spectroscopy in Bornean orangutans (Pongo Pygmaeus). Primates, 57: 51-59. doi: 10.1007/s10329-015-0501-3.
  • Idani G. (2014) Origin of the human family. Genes and Environment, 36 (3): 89-94.
  • Ogawa H., Yoshikawa M., Idani G. (2014) Sleeping site selection by savanna chimpanzees in Ugalla, Tanzania. Primates, 55:269-282
  • Ogawa, H., Yoshikawa, M., Idani G. (2013) The population and habitat preferences of chimpanzees in non-protected areas of Tanzania. Pan Africa News, 20(1): 1-5.
  • Iida G.E., Ogawa H., Idani G. (2012) Mammalian fauna of the miombo forest in the Ugalla area, Western Tanzania. African Study Monographs, 33(4): 253-270.
  • Yasui S., Konno A., Tanaka M., Idani G., Ludwig A., Lieckfeldt D. and Inoue-Murayama M. (2012) Personality assessment and its association with genetic factors in captive Asian and African elephants. Zoo Biology, 00: 1-9.
  • Furuichi T., Idani G., Ihobe H., Hashimoto C., Tashiro Y., Sakamaki T., Mulavwa M. N., Yangozene K. & Kuroda S. (2012) Long-Term Studies on Wild Bonobos at Wamba, Luo Scirntic Reserve, D. R. Congo: Towards the Understanding of Female Life History in a Male-Philopatric Species. In “Long-Term Field Studies of Primates”, Eds. P. M. Kappeler & D. P. Watts. Pp. 413-433. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.
  • Yoshikawa, M., Ogawa, H., Koganezawa, M., & Idani, G. (2012) Sleeping site selection by chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) in savanna woodland, western Tanzania. The joint congress of The 59th Annual Meeting of Ecological Society of Japan (ESJ59) and The 5th East Asian Federation of Ecological Societies (EAFES) International Congress. Program p82, Abstract P1-238A.
  • Inoue-Murayama M. Weiss A. Morimura N. Tanaka M. Yamagiwa J. and Idani G. (2011) Molecular behavioral research in great apes. In “From Genes to Animal Behavior, Social Structures, Personalities, Communication by color” Eds. Inoue-Murayama M. Kawamura S. Weiss A. pp. 239-253, Springer Tokyo Dordrecht Heidelberg London New York.
  • Plumptre, A. J., Rose, R., Nangendo, G., Williamson, E. A., Didier, K., Hart, J., Mulindahabi, F., Hicks, C., Griffin, B., Ogawa, H., Nixon, S., Pintea, L., Vosper, A., McLennan, M., Amsini, F., McNeilage, A., Makana, J. R., Kanamori, M., Hernandez, A., Piel, A., Stewart, F., Moore, J., Zamma, K., Nakamura, M., Kamenya, S., Idani, G., Sakamaki, T., Yoshikawa, M., Greer, D., Tranquilli, S., Beyers R., Hashimoto, C., Furuichi, T., & Bennett, E. (2010) Eastern Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii): Status survey and conservation action plan 2010-2020. ISBN978-2-8317-1246-8. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland.
  • Morimura N., Idani G., Matsuzawa T. (2010) The First Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Japan: An Attempt to Care for the “Surplus” of Biomedical Research. American Journal of Primatology, 71: 1-7.
  • Suzuki K., Udono T., Fujisawa M., Tanigawa K., Idani G., Ishii N. (2010) Infection during Infancy and Long Incubation Period of Leprosy Suggested in a Case of a Chimpanzee Used for Medical Research. Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 48 (9): 3432-3434.
  • Idani G., Mwanza N., Ihobe H., Hashimoto C., Tashiro Y. & Furuichi T. (2008) Changes in the status of bonobos, their habitat, and the situation of humans at Wamba, in the Luo Scientific Reserve, Democratic Republic of the Congo. In Furuichi T., Thompson J. (Eds.) "The Bonobos: Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation." Springer, New York, 291-302.
  • Ogawa H., Idani G., Moore J., Pintea L. & Hernandez-Aguilar A. (2007) Sleeping parties and nest distribution of chimpanzees in the savanna woodland, Ugalla, Tanzania. International Journal of Primatology, 28: 1397-1412.
  • Tashiro Y., Idani G., Kimura D. & Bongoli L. (2007) Habitat changes and decreases in the bonobo population in Wamba, Democratic Republic of the Congo. African Study Monographs, 28: 99-106.
  • Idani G., Hirata S. (2006) Studies in Great Ape Research Institute, Hayashibara In "Primate Perspectives on Behavior and Cognition", D. Washburn (ed.), American Psychological Association, Washington. : 29-36.