Ground Breaking Research
When many think of Tanzania they envisage the sweeping plains of the Serengeti National Park, the Big Five and of course, Mount Kilimanjaro. All of these are principal elements of any first trip to Tanzania. However, did you know that Tanzania is one of the best places in the world to see chimpanzees in the wild and is home to some of the most ground-breaking primate research ever?
Today marks the 55th anniversary of Dr. Jane Goodall arriving in Tanzania to launch her pioneering research into wild chimpanzees in Gombe Stream National Park. This park is home to habituated chimpanzees where Jane’s work still continues to this day. Her research into chimpanzee personalities and behaviours was the first of its kind and didn’t follow the standard scientific rules of animal observation. Jane took the time to analyse, in-depth, the family dynamics of the chimpanzees in Gombe and began to understand their social hierarchies and personality traits. This led to her forming a bond with her favourite chimpanzee David Greybeard (the first chimpanzee in Gombe to trust her when she arrived).
Thanks to Jane and her team we are now lucky enough to understand these creatures more than we could ever have imagined and her conservation and research continues to advance.