Saturday, April 26, 2014

Chimpanzees in the Kalinzu Forest

The Kalinzu Forest is a protected area in western Uganda near the Queen Elisabeth National Park and famous for his chimpanzees. Beside the Bwindi National Park with the Mountain Gorillas, the Forest is one the highlights for safaris in Uganda; it is fascinating to see the chimpanzees in the wild.
I made the photos on a guided tour some years ago. The chimpanzees are habituated but they are not so peaceful and close to see, like the mountain gorillas. We had a two hour trek through dense forests and had the great luck to find a group of 8 apes including a mother with child. They were hidden in the trees and made, in the first moments, a very aggressive impression with a lot of yelling, jumping around and throwing branches after us. After a few minutes they have calmed down and we were able to watch them about 20 minutes; before they disappeared in the forest.

Chimpanzee in the Kalinzu Forest in Uganda
He is watching us, a chimp in the trees.

Chimp in the Kalinzu Forest in Uganda
He's exited about us. 

Chimpanzee mother with child in the Kalinzu Forest
A young artist; a Chimpanzee mother with child.

Chimpanzees in the Kalinzu Forest in Uganda
These two were probably the leaders of the group.

To see the chimps is not guaranteed, in the guest book of the park administration were many entries of groups who saw no animals. The walk through the forest is great, the dense vegetation with tree ferns and an almost closed canopy make a unique atmosphere. We saw only few other animals; some fast black and white Colobus monkeys and Olive Baboons living on the edge of the forest (our guide told us, that the move into the forest by farming pressure).

Olive Baboons in the Kalinzu Forest in Uganda
Hidden; Olive Baboons in the Kalinzu Forest.

Inside the Kalinzu Forest in Uganda
In the Kalinzu Forest.

12 comments:

  1. Wow, very cool to see the chimps and baboons in the wild. Awesome photos and post. Thank you for linking up to the critter party. Have a happy weekend!

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  2. How exciting to see them in the wild. Happy Critter Day!

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  3. to see them wild would be awesome!

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  4. how cool you got to see the chimpanzees and baboons. i'd say you had a successful trip and a very memorable one... i'd love the chance to see these great creatures in the wild one day. hope all is well. have a great day~

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  5. Wow! How wonderful to have seen these animals in their natural surroundings. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  6. Wonderful shots of Chimpanzees on the trees.

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  7. Wow, what a treat to see these animals in the wild!

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  8. What an adventure. The Chimp is really cute. That 2nd photo is really neat and boy he was climbing fast up that tree.

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  9. I will make sure that your post gets linked into Tuesday's Nature Notes. I am glad you were able to see these animals in person. I went to read about you in the section where it says you taught yourself English. You write as a native speaker. I never would have known... Michelle

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  10. Always good to catch up with the relatives!!

    I'd love to see these in the wild.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  11. Wow, you were so lucky to see them. Awesome!

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  12. wonderfull shots pleasure to observed its in nature :)

    have a good evening:)


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