Gombe Stream and Mahale Mountains National Parks
in western Tanzania,
bordering Lake Tanganyika, are home to some of Africa’s
last remaining wild chimpanzees (chimps). The chimps of Rubondo
Park in Lake Victoria were
however introduced from European zoos in between 1966–1969 by Professor
Bernhard Grzimek of the Frankfurt Zoological Society. Chimpanzees are classed
as one of the world’s endangered species.
Chimp tracking in the ancient
forests is a magical experience. There are no roads in the National Parks of Gombe,
Mahale and Rubondo, where you can walk and experience nature with all your
senses. All the trekks are accompanied by a park guide at all times and
governed by strict health, park regulations and code of conduct, to safeguard
park visitors and the chimps.
Sharing more than 98% of our
genes, chimpanzees are as individually unique as humans. “You will be amazed at
how these wild creatures accept you as they go about their everyday
activities”… cites the official guide of Gombe Stream
National Park. Gombe was
made famous by Jane Goodall, who established the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI)
in 1977 which supports the Gombe Stream research.
Mahale Mountains National Park alone boasts a population of about 900 chimpanzees, found together with other rain forests animals like the Angolan colobus monkey, red colobus monkeys and other primates.
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