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Update from Bulindi: News of 3 New Babies, New Discoveries, and the Project!

Posted by on Jul 1, 2016 in Bulindi Updates | Comments Off on Update from Bulindi: News of 3 New Babies, New Discoveries, and the Project!

  Marie Cibot is a veterinarian and primatologist. For her PhD, she studied the risks associated with human–chimpanzee interactions, and evaluated chimpanzees’ behavioural flexibility in response to these risks, in the Sebitoli area of Kibale National Park, Uganda. She now works as a vet in a clinic in France and is also a research associate of Oxford Brookes University, UK. Later this year Marie will conduct a study examining overlap in the intestinal parasites of the people, primates and domestic animals at Bulindi.     In May I visited Bulindi for one month to work with Tom Sabiiti, the long-term field assistant of the Bulindi Chimpanzee & Community Project. The main goal of my visit was to get to know the chimpanzees and meet the local people at Bulindi, in preparation for my field research in October. Another reason for my trip was to train Tom in collecting behavioural data on the chimpanzees to aid the long-term monitoring of this unique population. Tom and I worked on new datasheets designed to describe which chimps are present in the group every 30 minutes (and who is absent) as well as what they are doing (see Photo 1). This will allow us to understand more about the degree of cohesiveness of these chimpanzees. We would predict...

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Fluctuating Fortunes

Posted by on Dec 2, 2015 in Bulindi Updates | Comments Off on Fluctuating Fortunes

In the last post, Dr Matt McLennan gave an encouraging update on the progress of The Bulindi Chimpanzee & Community Project, 7-months after its launch. Here, he reports on the progress of the chimpanzees themselves. By Matt McLennan The Bulindi Chimpanzee & Community Project has got off to a great start. As for the chimpanzees, they’ve been going about their business much as usual these past few months, blissfully unaware of the efforts underway to end 15 years of forest destruction that has transformed their habitat and changed their lives so drastically. Earlier this year the chimps suffered a major setback when Olive – a female in her prime and a doting mother of three – was killed, along with her 4-month old infant, by a speeding taxi on the road that crosses their home range. She was survived by two older offspring, Moses – a tempestuous adolescent – and younger brother Araali. I’m pleased to report that the brothers are both doing fine, having coped with the loss of their mother remarkably well. Moses is unquestionably the main cause of disruption in the group. Some days he disturbs the females incessantly with his displays, particularly when one or more of the ‘ladies’ are in season and therefore especially attractive to a red-blooded male...

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The Bulindi Chimpanzee & Community Project at 7-months

Posted by on Nov 25, 2015 in Bulindi Updates | Comments Off on The Bulindi Chimpanzee & Community Project at 7-months

An uplifting Thanksgiving report on the Save a Chimp/Empower a Child campaign, benefiting all in this local area of western Uganda. By Dr. Matt McLennan Background to the project Chimpanzees in the Hoima District of western Uganda are in real trouble. Here, around 300 wild chimpanzees  cling desperately to survival outside of Uganda’s formally protected areas. These ‘unprotected chimps’ live alongside a poor and fast-growing human population which, in just two decades, has almost entirely removed the region’s natural forest cover,...

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Nancy Merrick at Oakland Zoo Sept 18, 2015

Posted by on Sep 14, 2015 in ChimpSaver Blog | Comments Off on Nancy Merrick at Oakland Zoo Sept 18, 2015

Come see Dr. Nancy Merrick’s presentation, “Creating Hope for Chimpanzees”, at the Oakland Zoo Conservation Speaker Series. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new...

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Return to Kasongoire: Forest Fragments Facing Uncertain Future

Posted by on Sep 7, 2015 in Aimee Reports | Comments Off on Return to Kasongoire: Forest Fragments Facing Uncertain Future

Aimee Oxley is a doctoral candidate conducting field research in Uganda’s Budongo-Bugoma Corridor.  She is studying how chimpanzees in unprotected forest fragments react and adapt to forest loss and human disturbance.  She is monitoring the impact of human activities, such as logging, snare-setting, and crop-guarding, on chimpanzee behavior and habitat use, and will compare chimpanzees in protected forest (Budongo Forest Reserve) to those in nearby unprotected forests (at Kasongoire).  She recently arrived at her study site to begin data...

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Chimps Should Be Chimps!

Posted by on Aug 8, 2015 in Apps and FUN | Comments Off on Chimps Should Be Chimps!

Chimps Should Be Chimps is a free iPad interactive storybook presented by Lincoln Park Zoo’s Project ChimpCARE and Manning Productions. Meet Poe and Lulu, the zoo’s oldest old chimp and his granddaughter. Curious Lulu knows Poe didn’t always live in the zoo: what was life like when he was a tyke? As Poe traces his history, he reveals the hidden hardships of his childhood in entertainment and shares the joy he finds in his new home. The story celebrates...

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