Great Apes

Searching High and Low for Chimpanzees

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.

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.

Happy Sweet Sixteen Mr. H!

If you have ever met Jane in person, you know that her special mascot Mr. H is never far behind. Given to Jane by her friend Gary Haun, a blind magician, Mr. H has been to dozens of countries and has been touched by millions of people. Today marks a very special occasion for Mr. H; it's his 16th birthday! Be sure to read more about Mr. H's story in Jane's own words and enjoy the photos below.

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.

JGI Scientist Reports from Congo Basin on Action Plan to Save Great Apes

Dr. Lilian Pintea, the Jane Goodall Institute’s (JGI) vice president of Conservation Science, recently reported from Goma, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where JGI is leading a workshop. The Conservation Action Plan (CAP) workshop is the first in a series of meetings planned to identify strategies and actions to reduce the threats to great apes and their habitat in a critical landscape of the eastern DRC. The CAP will target more than 66 million acres, which contain approximately 15,000 chimpanzees and somewhere between 3,000-5,000 gorillas.

Alamogordo Chimpanzee Move Postponed

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has confirmed that an aging colony of former research chimpanzees will not be returned to biomedical research for the time being. The 186 chimpanzees, which have lived free from invasive research for the past ten years while housed at a facility in Alamogordo, New Mexico, were to be moved this year to an active biomedical research laboratory in San Antonio, Texas.

Waterfall Displays

Chimpanzees at Gombe National Park in Tanzania often become animated during rainstorms and around waterfalls.

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