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.
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
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.
Edgar (left) and Forest (right)
Multiple African Nations Release Gombe 50 and Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots 20th Anniversary Collector Postage Stamps; Dr. Jane Goodall Depicted on Legal Tender for the First Time
New York, N.Y. - March 29, 2011
- The African nation of Tanzania is the first country in the world to release a commemorative stamp issue celebrating the 50th anniversary of renowned primatologist and conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall’s arrival in what is today Gombe National Park, Tanzania. This is the first stamp issue in the world featuring Dr. Goodall’s image. In the coming months, similar series will be released in other countries, including Liberia and the Gambia.
"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.
In his latest blog entry, Dr. Deus Mjungu, Gombe Stream Research Center’s director of chimpanzee research, writes of a particularly strenuous day tracking the chimpanzees of Gombe National Park.
Each day, we typically target one individual chimpanzee who has not been followed recently and track him or her for the entire day.
Today, the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) joins the World Health Organization (WHO) and other organizations and individuals around the globe in commemorating World Health Day.
JGI is committed to supporting a broad array of measures that ensure the health of local communities in areas where we work to protect chimpanzees and their habitat. By improving the health of these rural populations, we can significantly enhance their quality of life and enable them to become partners in conserving the natural resources on which they depend.
A paper published in this week’s issue of the journal Science suggests that humans and other primates share certain aging patterns that were previously thought to be unique to humans. In addition to uncovering new similarities among primate species, the research findings may ultimately bring us closer to answering such questions as: Why do women live longer than men?
The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) recently brought together key players to support Tanzania in developing a coordinated system for monitoring the carbon stored in its forests.