Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Chimpan A to Chimpan Z (from the Simpsons); Treehouse of Horror (also the Simpsons)

At Kibale National Park in Western Uganda, I went chimpanzee tracking last weekend. Was soaked by driving rain for an hour, then stung by small, testy bees. But it was worth it. We saw probably 50 chimps of all ages, many on the ground moving about all around us. We got at close as 10 feet on several occasions. These chimps are habituated--oblivious to human visitors. We also saw chimps in trees eating fruit, and raining the pits down upon us. There's no feeling like seeing animals in their natural habitat.

At the park, I spent the night in a treehouse, located about a mile from the main lodge. I'll write more about this later, but for now, click here to enjoy a video about that experience that I've posted.

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