Recent news (November 2013):
For the first time, the UPP is trying crowd-sourcing as a means of generating support for some of our work. Interested in giving or know someone who might be? Visit our project’s page on Microryza and support savanna chimpanzees in Tanzania!
What and where is “Ugalla”?
The Ugalla region, located in western Tanzania (see map right), is dominated by open miombo woodland interspersed with small patches of riverine forest, swamp, and wooded grassland.
Ugalla thus comprises one of the driest, most open and seasonal habitats where chimpanzees live. Ugalla is the name applied by Kano (1972) to the region between the Malagarasi River (to the north), the Ugalla River (to the east) and the Uvinza-Mpanda road (to the south/west). It covers ~ 3300 square km and researchers have centered their work at a variety of localities within Ugalla. The primary study site, however, lies overlooking the Issa Valley, highlighted in yellow on the map. Other study populations of chimpanzees in the region include those in Gombe and also Mahale Mountains National Park – both also highlighted in yellow.
To help answer questions about Ugalla, the wildlife it hosts, and the threats faced by both the fauna and the habitat, we collaborate closely with researchers across the world, local and national government institutions, as well as non-governmental conservation organisations working in western Tanzania. For example, we are providing critical data on chimpanzee distribution and habitat prioritisation for village land-use planning across the region based on our results of a 15-month long survey across the Ecosystem from 2011-2012.
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Some of the Ugalla primates, clockwise from top left: Yellow baboon (credit: C. Johnson), chimpanzee (credit: UPP/MPI EVA), greater galago (credit: J. Moore), red colobus (credit: F. Stewart), redtail monkey (credit: C. Johnson)
Videos of the month, August-September 2013 (credit: UPP/MPI EVA):
As part of our collaboration with PRIMARCH, we are monitoring chimpanzee and baboon behaviours of Strychnos sp. consumption. In September, individuals of each are captured on film in a Strychnos tree in Issa:
…and the banded mongoose (Mungos mungo)
We have long observed termite heads in Issa chimpanzee feces. Only recently have we identified from WHERE those heads originate! A clip from late in the wet season, April2013. See more on this research here
For more on wildlife at Issa, see http://www.youtube.com/user/UgallaSokwe?feature=mhee