A New Perspective on Chimpanzees!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 10:27am

"For the past 10 days, we have taken a different angle on filming chimps. Rather than shooting a fig-eating sequence in the traditional way—from the ground looking up 100 feet or so to the treetops—we decided to move up to the chimps' level. 

Spring is the peak season for fruiting figs in these forests. At any one time, four or five of the giant Ficus mucuso are full of fruit, and the chimps love them. From a 3'x3' platform placed in a nearby tree, I was able to film behavior that I can only glimpse while on the ground, and the views are spectacular. It was amazing to be above the chimps as they climbed into the treetops."

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