Gombe Chimpanzees

Welcome to The Jane Goodall Institute Research Center, home to over 50 years of data from Gombe!

Welcome to Gombe

Here you can take a journey with both researchers and chimpanzees to discover what a day in the life of a Gombe chimpanzee looks like and what it takes for researchers to follow and take note of their behavior. Researchers at Duke University work together with the Jane Goodall Institute to monitor, record, archive and analyze the lives of the approximately 100 chimpanzees who call Gombe National Park home. Read More

Researcher Blog Posts

January 19, 2015 |

New Beginnings

I’m back in Gombe after a short but much-needed break. My long field season is at the halfway mark, and in some...

September 26, 2014 |

Keeping up with the Group

Returning to Gombe for my second field season, I felt like an old pro in many ways. I knew what kind of watch to...

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Fun Activities

Don’t just read about the chimps–be an eyewitness! Learn how the chimpanzees look, sound, and act in the wild.


See chimpanzee behaviors that researchers have observed at Gombe

Vocal Communication

Want to know what a chimpanzee sounds like?

Face Matching

Test your skills in the face matching game!

Chimpanzees have given me so much. The long hours spent with them in the forest have enriched my life beyond measure. What I have learned from them has shaped my understanding of human behavior, of our place in nature. Jane Goodall