first chimp sighting

on Friday, as we were hammering another tag into a nest tree, a caught a glimpse of a chimpanzee rump climbing up a hill only 20 metres away! I quickly motioned for my assistant to stop hammering and to be silent as I stood still and waited. The chimpanzee was a sub-adult male who sat down and seemed to be very curious as to who we were and what we were doing in his territory. He stared intently at the both of us, and was not perturbed when my walkie-talkie went off with TANAPA rangers shouting on the radio. During the contact at times he seemed agitated showing us a pout-face and randomly threw several large rocks down the slope. After around 20 minutes he climbed into a small tree and performed some wonderful acrobatics; he was also kind enough to poop for us before disappearing into a thick tangle of lianas. In total we had half an hour of contact, he had clear sight of us and remained at a 20 metre distance the entire time.

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About Nadejda Josephine

I am currently studying for a doctorate in Anthropology at University College London. My fieldwork takes place on Rubondo Island, Lake Victoria in Tanzania. The research looks at the nesting patterns and nest architecture in the Rubondo chimpanzees. I began the work in April 2012 and will remain on the island until at least October 2013. I write this blog so as not to forget this wonderful island and the random events which occur throughout my fieldwork.

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