Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Meet our chimps: Waldemar

This brief series, marking the 2nd anniversary of Chimp&See, will introduce you to some of the most remarkable chimps at our recent Restless Star site in East Africa. They are members of the Eastern chimpanzee subspecies Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii and live at this site in a mountainous environment along with gorillas and elephants.

We first met Waldemar climbing down a tree and elegantly hopping over some scrubs in front of the camera. Immediately, we dubbed him the athlete of the group. He is easily identifiable with his roundish and friendly face and an unusual light nose and muzzle. His hair shines almost silvery in the sunlight. He is not the biggest of the males here, but he makes sure that he is always in the center of everybody’s attention. He is named after the German marathoner Waldemar Cierpinski.

Classifications at Restless Star are already finished, but we still have open matching discussions and want to identify and name more chimps.

If you want to get involved and see African wildlife from camera traps yourself, please come over to Chimp&See!

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