20 January 2016, an historic day at Issa: Our first NEST to NEST follow of an Issa chimpanzee party. OUTSTANDING JOB TEAM!!!


photo: E. McLester

“You don’t look like my kind, but I like the way you work your hands”…Inter-specific grooming at Issa! (credit: E. McLester, January 2016)

Disseminating survey results to policy makers in Mpanda (Dec 2015)


ITV interviews Alex Piel about the survey work and the urgency to protect chimpanzee habitat across western Tanzania (Dec 2015)

GME steering committee

Alex Piel discusses recent survey and monitoring results to the GME Steering Committee in Mpanda (Dec 2015)

Earlier in the year, wild dogs captured on camera; now a hyena!

Where are our owl identifiers?

Photo captured by Sebastian Amaya Ramirez…now we just need a good birder to provide the scientific name! Email us at info@ugallaprimateproject.com!

National Geographic and UPP!

News this week that Serge Wich and UPP will continue to use the skies as their eyes, supported by National Geographic to deploy UAVs to explore the ecological edge of chimpanzee distribution in western Tanzania!

Conservation from above: UAVs to identify chimpanzee presence in Issa and around Gombe National Park

In 2008 there was no network at Issa; In 2011, mobile phone service and later, 3G; In 2015, satellite internet!

The dish...

See our “collaborator” section for new work by our collaborators Adam van Castern and Elizabeth Fillion, and also “chimpanzee behavioural ecology” for the opening of the Issa seed nursery!

Nursery seeds

The debut of the Issa seed nursery (credit: S. Ramirez Amaya)

TWO new papers out by UPP members: Population status of chimpanzees outside of protected areas (Piel et al., Am J of Primatol), and influences on yellow baboon ranging patterns (Johnson et al., Movement & Ecol)…See “Publications” for more!

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