chimpanzees

Happy Birthday Ferdinand!

Bill Wallauer, JGI wildlife cameraman and research videographer, celebrates the birthday of Gombe National Park’s Ferdinand.

Ferdinand, the alpha male of the Kasakela chimpanzee community in Gombe National Park, Tanzania, turned 19 years old last Friday, August 19, 2011.

Regardless of where I am in the world, I celebrate Ferdinand’s birthday every year.  Last Friday was not only the day that brought Ferdinand into the world, it was also the day I was able to film the first great ape birth ever recorded in the wild.

And Now, A Baby for Golden!

In his latest blog entry, Dr. Deus Mjungu, Gombe Stream Research Center’s director of chimpanzee research, discusses the newest addition to the G family in Gombe National Park, Tanzania.

It’s been two days since we saw Golden with her new baby for the first time. One month and four days after her identical twin sister had a baby, Golden has also given birth.

Food for Thought

In his most recent blog entry, Bill Wallauer, JGI wildlife cameraman and research videographer, discusses lamb’s tail, one of his favorite plants found in Gombe National Park.

Favorite Chimp Food
Latin Name:  Antidesma venosum
Local Name:  Mnziganziga
Common Name:  Lamb’s Tail, Tassleberry

The Baby Swap

In his latest blog entry, Dr. Deus Mjungu, Gombe Stream Research Center’s director of chimpanzee research, discusses a recent chimpanzee baby exchange at Gombe National Park, Tanzania.

It has been 12 days now since Glitter became a mom for the first time. However, for the past few days, Gremlin, Glitter’s mother, has been carrying, nursing, and otherwise providing all the necessary physical protection for Glitter’s new baby.

Snares, Steel-Jaw Traps and Chimpanzees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hunters in Uganda set traps for bush pigs, antelope and other prey. But these devices, which are illegal in protected areas, have killed many chimpanzees and maimed approximately 25 percent of the habituated chimp population in the country.

Catching Up With Old Friends

Edgar (left) and Forest (right)

Nesting

Chimpanzees also need beds to sleep in. Every evening chimps will build a new tree nest to settle in for the night.

Sibling Rivalry

When baby chimps are born, older siblings often have a hard time losing their mother's attention.

Chimp Patrol

Male chimpanzees silently work together to patrol and protect their territory.

Finding Chimps

Even after 15 years of following chimps, JGI videographer Bill Wallauer still has a hard time keeping up with them and has to use the tricks he has learned to find them.

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Saving Chimps From Snares (Graphic Images)!

This is the story of Mugu Moja, a young juvenile chimpanzee.