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

April 26, 2015 |

Goodbye to Gombe, Hello to New Babies!

Tomorrow, I leave Gombe. After nearly 8 months in residence, my impending departure feels like both welcome escape and heartbreaking goodbye. In my last few weeks, luckily, I have been rewarded with wonderful days in the forest and beautiful new babies to celebrate. Three females greeted me with positive pregnancy tests when I arrived here in September: Gremlin, her daughter Gaia, and Eliza. These ladies became the backbone of my data collection. I have followed them through deceptive swellings in rowdy groups, and quiet days munching vines in peaceful seclusion. I have checked and rechecked their pregnancies, holding my breath over each test strip, waiting for the appearance of that second purple line that...

January 28, 2015 |

Field Friends and Food Sharing

My life at Gombe got a little less lonely on Sunday: two grad students arrived from George Washington University to begin their own field seasons following the chimps. We’ll be in pretty close quarters for the rest of my stay in the park, sharing a house, our meals, and of course, our study subjects. Luckily for us, their arrival was a happy reunion–the three of us bonded as Gombe rookies during the summer of 2013. I’d been the only American researcher in Gombe since Joseph Feldblum headed home at the end of the summer, and I was very eager to catch up with old friends (and speak in my native tongue: what a relief!). Of course, sharing my...

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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

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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