Monthly Archives: August 2011

From the field by Ian Gilby – entry 3

B-Rekordi, B-Rekordi, unanisoma? Ova. Someone once said to me, “Don’t we already know everything there is to know about chimpanzees?”. Um, no, we don’t. Let’s start with something simple – where are they???? Gombe is only 30 square kilometers, and … Continue reading

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From the field by Ian Gilby – entry 2

8/22/11 The boat was scheduled to leave at 4, so in true Tanzanian fashion we left at five. Bara, the driver, and his assistant showed up around 4:15 with fuel, then Ashura with the food, a baboon researcher or two, … Continue reading

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From the field entry 1 by Ian Gilby

8/17/11 Coming home It’s all so familiar. Sure, there are some major changes, like the fact that I’m blogging directly from Gombe, but the essence is the same. The sound of Ashura, our cook, sweeping the dry leaves from the … Continue reading

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From the Field Entry 12 by Kara Schroepfer

Mitumba Gombe is an ideal place to do research for many reasons but one of the most important for my project is the existence of two habituated contiguous groups.  In the future, this will allow me to monitor females as … Continue reading

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From the Field Entry 11 by Kara Schroepfer

Is she or isn’t she? It’s always awkward when trying to decide if someone is pregnant.  No matter how sure you may be, you’re hesitant to ask the question for fear of mortal embarrassment if they say no.  Unfortunately, in … Continue reading

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From the Field Entry 10 by Kara Schroepfer

26-Jul-11 Red Colobus for Breakfast For the past two weeks a large group of males has been hanging out in the southern part of their range.  When a lot of males get together excitement is bound to follow.  For me, … Continue reading

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From the Field Entry 9 by Kara Schroepfer

24-Jul-11 Dr. Jane Getting to know Gombe and the chimps can be an exhausting process.  Long days are followed by long treks back to camp and the treks often begin in the center of an endless field of thickets.  At … Continue reading

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