Sunday, February 26, 2012

Forest Poses

It is fascinating to observe the grooming postures of Mahale's chimps.
They don't seem to miss any spots...
Old friends Alofu and Kalunde share a moment...
...while these two demonstrate hand-clasp grooming, unique to Mahale chimpanzees. 

Sunday, February 19, 2012


While Steve and Kiri are away for some well-deserved off days, we'll keep updating you on the goings on at Mahale.

Yesterday we met Bonobo...
and old Kalunde sat nearby, pensive...
while Alofu, Primus's rival, made a face for the camera.
Primus, the possible new Alpha male, was not among them.

We'll keep you posted.

From Greystoke,

Mark and Kristen

Saturday, February 11, 2012

A peacefull time in the forest.

Chimpanzees will only eat fruit if it is perfectly ripe. This means they can travel long distances on any given day looking for the choicest fruits. Right now there favorite the Saba Florida fruit is running out so the community is splitting up into smaller friend and family units in search of different berries and wild Ginger. It’s a peaceful time for the Chimpanzees as there is less confrontation as they travel in smaller groups. Primus looks settled and happy in his Alpha male position.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Wedding bells

When you come to Greystoke Mahale and trek to see the Chimpanzees, you will find Hassan Rashid in the forest following the Chimpanzee community. Hassan is one of the world most experienced Chimp Trackers and is an essential part of our guiding team. With over 10 years experience his ability to find and follow the Chimps is incredible, he can also recognize individual Chimps by their vocalizations alone and can understand several different vocalizations and what they mean.

Congratulations to Hassan and his lovely bride on their recent wedding.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Mahale sunsets

During February it’s typical for it to rain 2 or 3 times a week but the showers don’t usually last more than an hour or two. When the sky clears the rain has washed away the haze and sometimes we are privileged to see the most spectacular sunsets.