Gen'ichi IDANI (Professor)

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.

Positions held

  • 1984-1985 Assistant Worker of Instruction, University of the Ryukyus
  • 1990-1991 Lecturer on Anthropology at Doshisha-Women University, Teacher on Science and Biology at Kyoto Saikyo High School
  • 1992-1996 Lecturer on Anthropology at Doshisha-Women University, Doshisha University and Ritsumeikan University
  • 1994-1996 Lecturer on Anthropology, Animal Ecology and Ecosystem at Kyoto-Sangyo University
  • 1996-1998 Educator at Hayashibara Museum of Natural Sciences[HMNS], Lecturer on Anthropology at Kwansei-Gakuin University
  • 1998-2000 Project leader for great ape studies, HMNS
  • 1999-2003 Head, Division of Anthropology, HMNS
  • 2001- Director, Great Ape Research Institute [GARI], Hayashibara Biochemical Laboratories, Inc. [HBL]),Lecturer on Environmental Sociology at The University of Kitakyushu
  • 2003 Lecturer on Anthropology at postgraduate course of Okayama University of Science
  • 2007-2008 Visiting professor at Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University
  • 2008- Director and professor at Wildlife Recearch Center of Kyoto University

Selected publications

  1. Idani G. (1990) Relations between unit-groups of bonobos at Wamba, Zaire: Encounters and temporary fusions. African Study Monographs, 11: 153-186.
  2. Idani G. (1991) Social relationships between immigrant and resident bonobo (Pan paniscus) females at Wamba. Folia Primatologica, 57: 83-95.
  3. Idani G. , Kuroda S., Kano T., Asato R. (1994) Flora and vegetation of Wamba forest, central Zaire with reference to bonobo (Pan paniscus) foods. Tropics, 3: 309-332.
  4. Idani G. (1995) A preliminary report on distribution of the tschego chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) in the Region of Lekoumou, Republic of Congo. African Study Monographs, 15: 77-82.
  5. Takahata Y. , Ihobe H., Idani G. (1996) Comparing copulations of chimpanzees and bonobos: do females exhibit proceptivity or receptivity? Great Apes Society, 1: 146-155.
  6. Furuichi T. , Idani G., Ihobe H., Kuroda S., Kitamura K., Mori A., Enomoto T., Okayasu N., Hashimoto C., Kano T. (1998) Population dynamics of wild bonobos (Pan paniscus) at Wamba. International Journal of Primatology, 19: 1029-1043.
  7. Takahata Y. , Ihobe H., Idani G. (1999) Do bonobos copulate more frequently and promiscaously than chimpanzees? Human Evolution, 14: 159-167.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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 "The Bonobos: Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation." Springer, New York.
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