Off to a Primate walk to trek the Chimpanzees in Kibale Forest National Park….

The Chimpanzee is humans’ closest living relative. The male can weigh up to 132 lbs and the female up to 110 lbs. and standing 3.3 to 4.6 ft. The gestation period is eight months. The infant is weaned at about three years old, but usually maintains a close relationship with its mother for several years more. The chimpanzee lives in groups which range in size from 15 to 150 members, although individuals travel and forage in much smaller groups during the day. The species lives in a strict male-dominated hierarchy, where disputes are generally settled without the need for violence. Nearly all chimpanzee populations have been recorded using tools, modifying sticks, rocks, grass and leaves and using them for hunting and acquiring honey, termites, ants, nuts and water. The species has also been found creating sharpened sticks to spear small mammals. Chimps are omnivores frugivore. It prefers fruit above all other food items but also eats leaves and leaf buds, seeds, blossoms, stems, pith, bark and resin. The females tend to eat much less animal flesh than the males. Dominant males can be very aggressive.

Foraging in the brush, munching as they go.
This guy finally came down and walked right by us but I accidentally deleted the video. Darn!
This guy was up so high, he actually fell off.

This video show how close we get to these guys. You can hear our guide telling us not to move.

I know, they all look alike but we probably saw at least a dozen of these guys. It was thrilling to see them in their own habitat.

The chimps forage during the day and as dusk approaches they go back into the trees to nest. The females nest higher in the trees than the males, where it is safer for her and her young.

After our trek we had a tour of a community in the park. The vegetable garden we saw earlier, was a communal garden. We saw the children coming for corn. Of the fees that we pay for the primate tours, 20% of the free goes back to the community.

First we went to the caves, the most fun was this waterfall.
JB is getting misted.
Taken inside the falls looking out.
We visited the ladies in the community who make baskets.
The bigger baskets take three weeks to make. The price for that basket was 35,000 Uganda schillings or approximately $10.00. We supported the community and bought some baskets.
The ladies celebrated us.
Then we went to see the medicine man. He inherited his job from his father.
He was either very shy or was not that happy with his job. The guide translated for us. He said that he could not cure cancer or venereal diseases.
He is mainly a herbalist. Notice the mud construction for the walls.
This is his ceiling.
This is his hut from the outside. I love the construction.
Notice the beans to her right. The beans dry in the sun for up to six weeks. She uses that wooden pot to husk the coffee beans and then she grinds the beans in the same pot.
Coffee tree and berries. The berries are ripe when they turn red.
Notice this hut looks like it has a solar panel on the roof to the left.
Another thatched hut. These people live very simply, seem happy, they are clean and food is abundant.

Author: Barrettranch

Retired. Love to travel.

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