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Friday, July 16, 2010
Sokwe wapo (The chimps are here!)
In the course of following chimpanzees, you often slide down slopes, get bit by insects, scratched by trees, etc. So, the appropriate garb is head-to-toe field clothes—preferably breathable and ripstop, with your socks tucked into your boots to keep anything from crawling in.
So it seems strange that in the attached picture I’m in short sleeves and sandals and looking moderately put together…what gives? Well, as sometimes happens, the chimpanzees walked through our field camp this day, so I could hop quickly out of the office to grab a picture. It was amazing to see them one last time, because tomorrow I fly to Dar es Salaam to start the long trip home.
It has been quite a productive trip, getting new research and sampling started and checking in on ongoing research projects. However, the best part is getting to be with the chimpanzees. July 14th marked the 50th anniversary of research at Gombe. It’s amazing that what Jane started all those years ago is still going strong, and I am so proud to be a small part of it.
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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