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Thursday, May 21, 2009
Sokwe Wanawinda (Chimpanzees Hunt)
Carson Murray, Sampson, Magombe and I were hiking through the forest searching for female chimpanzees with their kids when we came across four males (Ferdinand, Apollo Freud and Tubi) that were staring into the treetops. In the tree canopy we could hear the alarm calls of colobus monkeys. The four males just sat on the trail for about five minutes, and I began to wonder what would happen next. Then all of the sudden the males started to climb the trees in pursuit of the monkeys. I had my camera in hand in hopes of getting something on tape, but everything was so fast-moving and there were only brief moments of action in my field of view, so I was left with no footage.
There appeared to be some basic level of coordination as the males moved throughout the treetops—we watched the males spread out into different trees. The males made several attempts, but, unfortunately for the chimpanzees, they were unsuccessful with their hunt. This is far from the affiliative behavior of play that I will be studying but still an amazing experience as I am getting oriented to the forest and to the full range of chimpanzee behavior.
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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