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Behavior of Monkeys and Apes
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duties by sabbatical leave gave me free time. But in addition to this
freedom for research, I needed animals and equipment. These, too,
happily, were most satisfactorily provided, as I shall now describe.
When in 1913, while already myself engaged in seeking the
establishment of an anthropoid station, I heard of the founding of
such an institution at Orotava, Tenerife, the Canary Islands, I
immediately made inquiries of the founder of the station, Doctor
Max Rothmann of Berlin, concerning his plans (Rothmann,
1912). As a result of our correspondence, I was invited to visit
and make use of the facilities of the Orotava station and to consider
with its founder the possibility of coöperative work instead of the
establishing of an American station. This invitation I gratefully
accepted with the expectation of spending the greater part of the
year 1915 on the island of Tenerife. But the outbreak of the war
rendered my plan impracticable, while at the same time destroying
all reasonable ground for hope of profitable coöperation with the
Germans in the study of the anthropoids. In August, 1915, Doctor
Rothmann died. Presumably, the station still exists at Orotava in
the interests of certain psychological and physiological research.
So far as I know, there are as yet no published reports of studies
made at this station. It seems from every point of view desirable
that American psychologists should, without regard to this initial
attempt of the Germans to provide for anthropoid research, further
the establishment of a well equipped American station for the
study not only of the anthropoid apes but of all of the lower
[Footnote 1: See bibliography at end of report.]
In the early months of the war while I was making every effort to
obtain reliable information concerning conditions in the Canary
Islands, I received an urgent invitation from my friend and former
student, Doctor G. V. Hamilton, to make use of his collection of
animals and laboratory at Montecito, California, during my leave
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