If you visit frequently here at the Africa Safari Blog, you’re probably well aware that Bill loves chimpanzee trekking. He has been to Tanzania multiple times to visit with the chimps and always finds it amazing. One of The Wild Source clients was actually kind enough to provide us with a recap of her chimpanzee trek, and Bill himself has told the story of an amazing chimanzee trekking encounter he had with a chimp back in 2008.
Mahale National Park Update
Adult Male Chimpanzee Engages in “Play” Behavior
As usual, the news from Mahale continues to be fascinating, especially with regards to chimpanzees. An adult chimpanzee male is exhibiting unusual play behavior with an infant – very extraordinary. Adult male chimpanzees rarely engage in play behavior with infants. Such behavior among chimpanzess is generally observed only among juvenilles.
The question was – was this male the father of the baby? The observers on the ground weren’t entirely certain, but atypical behavior like this does point to the male being the father of the infant. DNA testing to settle the question isn’t an option.
A Day in the life of a Chimpanzee
Another blog post from the Mahale blog discusses a day in the life of a Chimpanzee. Read the full blog post for the details – but I’ll describe some highlights here. While chimpanzees get up early to feed, mid day activities are quite varied. Resting, sleeping, playing and removing parasites are all on the chimpanzee agenda.