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Are you ready for a real adventure—not just a view of wild animals from a platform or Land Rover? Then this is the trip for you!
Gilby is a Research Affiliate with the Institute of Human Origins and the Codirector of the Gombe chimpanzee database, which contains detailed daily observations collected at Gombe over the last 55 years, and continuing today.
By trekking through the forest and observing this iconic chimpanzee population, you will learn from Dr. Gilby the life stories of individual chimpanzees and how their personalities affect their social relationships, how and why they cooperate, and how environmental challenges are changing their lives. While at Gombe, you will also have the opportunity to hear from researchers studying other primates, including baboons and red colobus monkeys.
For the second half of the trip, you will stay at the edge the Ngorongoro Crater for the quintessential African animal experience, and then Olduvai Gorge, an area essential to understanding how our genus, Homo, evolved.
Finally, trek into the forests of Rwanda to observe wild mountain gorillas and golden monkeys and meet with gorilla researchers working at Karisoke, the site made famous by the pioneering work of Dian Fossey.