Great Apes

Monitoring ape habitats

Detecting changes and threats to endangered species’ habitats
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Clearing of forests and woodlands has one of the most devastating impacts on great apes, leaving them in isolated, small populations that face edge effects and elevated risk of extinction. Satellite imagery and GIS are powerful tools to monitor chimpanzee habitats and threats even in the most remote, difficult to access areas. JGI has been a leader in applying multi-temporal, multi-resolution satellite imagery to map and detect change in the distribution of chimpanzee habitats in Africa from local to regional scales.

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.

JGI Remembers Dr. Toshisada Nishida

The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) is mourning the passing of Dr. Toshisada Nishida. Dr. Nishida, a leader in Japanese primatology, began studying the behavior of the wild chimpanzees of the Mahale Mountains in Tanzania in 1965, just five years after Dr. Goodall embarked upon her pioneering field study at what is today Gombe National Park. In 1985, Dr. Nishida led the effort to establish the Mahale Mountains as a Tanzanian national park.

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)

Area of Tchimpounga Nature Reserve Expanded by 750 Percent!

JGI staff braved waist-high waters while conducting surveys of the Tchimpounga Nature Reserve.

Wonderful news!

A New Perspective on Chimpanzees!

"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. 

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