Friday, June 1, 2012
After a wonderful morning out with Eliza and her son, Eriki, we’ve spent the afternoon meeting our data collection teams and getting various business wrapped up for the trip. Time always seems too short at Gombe, but this trip seems especially so since we had only 5 days in the park!
Monday, May 21, 2012
Today I went into the Gombe National Park forest in hopes of finding a mother-infant chimpanzee pair. One of our research focuses is the health and development of young chimpanzees. We use new data currently being collected as well as archival data going all the way back to the 1970s.
Friday, May 18, 2012
I have arrived back in Gombe after three days of nonstop traveling from Chicago. I’m here on my annual visit to check up on the zoo’s Gombe research projects, including our investigations into chimpanzee health and mother-infant behavior.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Well, we have wrapped up our work in the park and are getting ready to make the long journey home. The visit was quite successful—I managed to meet with all the relevant staff I had planned to, and the project continues to run smoothly with the help of our in-country partners.
On our last day out in the forest, we went out looking for chimpanzees and passed a rather famous spot known as “Jane’s Peak.”
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Today’s goal was to go into the field with our data-collection team that focuses on mother-infant interactions. This is a project that Jane Goodall started in the 1970s to better understand how chimpanzee behavioral and social development compares to human infant development. Data collection continues to this day and we are in the process of entering this massive dataset at Lincoln Park Zoo.
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Gombe Field Diaries
Lincoln Park Zoo is partnering with the Jane Goodall Institute to study and conserve chimpanzees in Tanzania’s Gombe National Park, the site of Jane Goodall’s groundbreaking research. Our Gombe field diaries feature updates as scientists monitor chimpanzee health, study ape behavior and experience life in Gombe.
As director of the Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes, Lonsdorf leads Lincoln Park Zoo efforts in Gombe National Park.
Rachel Santymire, Ph.D.
An endocrinologist in the Davee Center for Epidemiology and Endocrinology, Santymire studies stress and reproduction in Gombe's chipmanzees.
A graduate student in the Committee on Evolutionary Biology at the University of Chicago, Matt is studying how levels of play in Gombe¹s chimpanzees influence stress, development and reproductive success.
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