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I was extremely privileged to be able to be the first American to enter the park since the new Disney Chimpanzee movie was released. But because I didn't undergo the required 5 day quarantine before seeing the chimps (to avoid passing them fatal respiratory viruses), I was not permitted to enter the Tai Chimp Project area. We were looking for sooty mangabeys in the Tai Monkey Project area about 4km away from the Chimp Project, and the chimps came in to hunt Red Colobus. This is the same group that was filmed in the movie - can't say how lucky this sighting was and what a privilege it was.

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Chimpanzee - Photo (c) David Bygott, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
loarie's ID: Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes)
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Chimpanzee - Photo (c) David Bygott, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
muir's ID: Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes)
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It must have been an amazing moment. Were the chimps successful in their hunt? Great to hear that the project team is following procedures to minimize the risk of human-chimpanzee disease transmission.

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Not successful - I watched the 2 blocker chimps climb trees and wait for like an hour for the monkeys to get tired of hiding, but eventually the chimps gave up, descended and then proceeded to noisily eat fruit rather than colobus.

Posted by loarie over 4 years ago (Flag)
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Chimpanzee - Photo (c) David Bygott, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
loarie's ID: Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes)
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Chimpanzee - Photo (c) David Bygott, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
Community ID: Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes)
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