What’s more fun than a barrel of monkeys?! Hanging out with chimpanzees!
This is our home away from home while chimp trekking in Tanzania, Africa. It’s a tent…. inside a house with no walls! I can hear the nocturnal animals munching on the grass during the night.
Looking for chimps. They sleep in the trees at night. They’re up and around during the day – sometimes on the ground, and sometimes up in the trees.
Gosh, what a messy eater! Just THINK of the mess he’d make eating bird seed!
This fella is BIG!!! Want to know an interesting fact? Chimpanzees, like this one, are apes (not monkeys). They have no tails. (Orangutans, gorillas, and bonobos are also apes. That’s right, they don’t have a tail either.)
Premus is the name of the “alpha male” in this chimp community. That means he’s the boss, and the other chimps have to do what he says. Watch the video. He’s coming down the path right towards me! He sure LOOKS like he’s in charge!
Hey, little fellas! Wanna play?
Baby chimps just wanna have fun!
This is Jane Goodall’s house. Dr. Anthony Collins now lives here. He and other researchers (like the college student in the photo) continue to learn about the chimps and the other animals in the ecosystem here in the Gombe valley.
Dr. Collins was very nice, and invited us into the house for a cup of tea and a chat. Here’s a picture of the living room table. Jane’s house is made of concrete. It’s very basic, not fancy, just as Jane wanted it. There’s a lot of cool stuff inside, like books about animals, animal skulls, shells, and rocks from the lake shore.
Dr. Collins also gave us a tour of the house. Here is Jane’s bedroom. She is older now (in her 80’s), and spends her time travelling the world, asking people to take care of the environment so the chimps’ habitat can survive. She lives in England, but still visits her chimps at Gombe twice a year. When she does, she stays here in her house.
All of the staff at the two camping sites where we stayed were so very nice to us! Ramadan, the fellow to the left of Ms. Christie-Blick, guided us through the jungle to find the chimps. It’s been an AMAZING experience!
If YOU want to go chimp trekking, you need to go to Africa. Chimpanzees are found in the wild in only a few countries on this continent. We went to the country of Tanzania in Africa. People have to be at least 16 years old to go chimp trekking (for safety reasons). You DO have to be willing to spend hours hiking through the jungle to find the chimps. Little birds can sneak in, in a backpack. 🙂