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The Landmine Snare

Content Warning: The following post contains descriptions and images that could be disturbing to some readers. This is our last week of...

Meet the Gents

Though my study covers a broad geographic area, encompassing the home ranges of numerous chimpanzee communities, we have focused...

Travels In and Out of the Forest

Humans are very poorly adapted to a chimpanzee lifestyle. I am reminded of this on a nearly daily basis as we trace the locations where...

Reading the Clues

A trusted Ugandan colleague called one afternoon to share the news that he had found someone whom I might hire as a field assistant. Jack...

Surprise Encounter

Fresh nests and fecal samples. We knew the chimpanzees had nested nearby. Not having seen any signs of their continued presence, however,...

Rising Conflict

It was a day off from the field, an opportunity for a bit of mental respite and physical relaxation. The quiet peace of the day was...

Home Sweet Home

After weeks spent packing, moving from our apartment, and traveling, my partner Jack and I have finally arrived in Uganda. Though it will...

Earthquake on Chimp Mountain

It had been a long day in the field and we were all exhausted. I crawled into bed amid a thunderstorm and listened to the loud claps of...

A Visit with Jane Goodall

Dr. Jane Goodall recently paid a brief visit to Uganda. As a primatologist and advocate for animals and the environment, Dr. Goodall...

Uganda's Other Great Apes

Recently, a dear friend came to visit us here in Uganda, so we decided to take the opportunity to visit Bwindi Impenetrable National...

Resilience

Their chorus of pant hoots gave them away in dramatic fashion. The chimpanzees we’d been looking for were nearby, and we knew exactly...

Conservation Conversation

Greetings are very important in Ugandan culture. Where we work, it is customary to greet those you encounter with a standard exchange in...

Hunting for Answers

We recently embarked on data collection in a new community of chimpanzees. They were new to us, that is, though we had heard a great deal...

Lessons from Washoe

October 30th* marked the five-year anniversary of the death of my friend Washoe. Washoe was a wonderful friend. She was confident and...