Sunday, April 26, 2015

What might you see on Chimp&See?

The Chimp&See Videos are collected by our dedicated PanAf site managers and collaborators from 40 temporary and long-term research sites across Africa.

What can you expect when you are scanning through the videos?

Sometimes you will see blank videos because maybe leaves or a bug triggered the camera.

Sometimes you will see our site managers and field staff testing the cameras and adjusting the settings, so prepare for some nostril shots!

But hopefully a lot of the time you will see some of the unique wildlife from many different chimpanzee habitats!

Before submitting their videos to Chimp&See, our site managers need to quickly scan the videos to make sure the cameras are working properly and set up at locations that actually record animals.  During some of these scans some amazing observations have already been made!

In January we released a press release with our partners the Ngogo Chimpanzee Project, Ugandan Wildlife AuthorityUganda National Council for Science and Technology  and Panthera

You can read the whole press release here: 
First Known Footage of African Golden Cat Hunting in Daylight Captured in Uganda

Samuel Angedakin, Project Manager at our collaborative Kibale Forest site in Uganda, recorded this amazing footage of an African Golden Cat hunting some monkeys, the first time ever this has been recorded (spoiler alert: the cat goes home hungry): 

More recently, Ivonne Kienast, Project Manager at our collaborative site in Bateke Plateau Gabon (in cooperation with the Aspinall Foundation and Panthera) recorded a male lion on several of her camera traps. This marked the first time a lion had been seen in Gabon since the last century and has already drawn focus and conservation action to the region to encourage natural repatriation of lions to the area.

The full press release can be found here:
Back from the Brink of Extinction: Lion Returns to Central African Homelands in Gabon

We hope you find many more exciting discoveries on Chimp&See! Make sure to hashtag interesting species and discuss interesting videos in Talk! Thank you so much for your help and support!

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