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Thursday, July 1, 2010
Sampo Ya Maji (Water Sampling)
One of the ways we can understand the impact of parasites and bacteria on chimpanzee health is to sample the water sources in their habitat. So, for the last two days we have been conducting water sampling of the main streams in the park. This is actually quite a bit easier than following chimpanzees because you can set your own pace!
We have seen chimpanzees on the way up the trails including some of my favorites: a female, Fanni, and her three kids, Fundi, Familia and Fadhila. I have known Fanni since 1998 when I first starting working at Gombe, so it’s wonderful to see her flourishing along with her three adorable kids. I’m hoping to have much more time with her once we get the logistics for our new data collection worked out!
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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