Richard Wrangham and Jane Goodall in conversation

Before resuming regular blogging of our own, here’s another valuable post from KCP…

Kibale Chimpanzee Project

KCP director Richard Wrangham recently interviewed Jane Goodall about chimpanzee behavior and conservation at the 2013 Great Apes Summit, a joint initiative of the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP), and the Arcus Foundation. Watch their full conversation below.

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KCP helps train guides for ecotourism

More from KCP – providing valuable training for individuals working with chimpanzees in the area and gathering input from the workshop participants about their experiences in the field…

Kibale Chimpanzee Project

By Emily Otali and Erik J. Scully; Photos by David Mills

Chimpanzees are a flagship species for tropical forest conservation. Beyond Kibale National Park, chimpanzees inhabit numerous reserves throughout Uganda, including Budongo Forest, Rwenzori National Park, Kalinzu Forest Reserve, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, and Semliki Wildlife Reserve. The expertise of the field assistants and ranger guides who spend so much time with these animals is critical for research, conservation, and ecotourism. The success of these efforts requires that these individuals provide accurate information about chimpanzee behavior and ecology to visitors and locals alike.

To achieve this goal, Makerere University Biological Field Station, in partnership with the Kibale Chimpanzee Project, conducted a 3-day refresher course for 43 ranger guides, field assistants, and supervisors working with chimpanzees across Uganda. By integrating lectures with group discussions, the workshop engaged participants in the intricacies of chimpanzee behavior and ecology, while highlighting the relevance of…

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Kanyawara chimpanzees enjoy low mortality risk

Valuable new study in the Journal of Human Evolution, highlighted by Kibale Chimpanzee Project (thank you for posting) –

Kibale Chimpanzee Project

In a new study just published in the Journal of Human Evolution, KCP directors Martin Muller and Richard Wrangham examine mortality risk at Kanyawara over the past 25 years. Life history data from wild chimpanzees are important for understanding the evolution of the human life history, but previous data on chimpanzee mortality came primarily from sites that had suffered dramatic, human-induced declines, and were consequently unrepresentative of long-term patterns. The Kanyawara community, by contrast, has grown slightly over the past 25 years, avoiding both simian immunodeficiency virus and the worst impacts of human contact. Demographic data from the site are thus particularly valuable. Estimates of mortality risk in Kanyawara were substantially lower than those from other long-term sites. In the Kanyawara sample, life expectancy at birth was 19. The comparable number for a composite sample from Gombe, Tai and Mahale was 13. Kanyawara chimpanzees that lived to age 14…

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