Eastern Common Chimpanzee male (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii)

Budugo Forest Reserve, Uganda

it is always easy/lazy to veer towards hyperbole, but enjoying a chimpanzee habituation day in the Budongo Reserve, Uganda, has to be one of the best wildlife experiences I have ever had.

Eastern Common Chimpanzee male (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii)

this unique opportunity allowed me and a guide to spend an entire day in the semi-deciduous tropical rainforest of the reserve, simply watching chimpanzees. thanks to my knowledgeable guide, and a fair bit of documentary watching on my part, I was amazed by how much behaviour I saw; feeding, courtship, mating, young playing, males showing off, many types of communication and to beat it all, I experienced my first ever chimpanzee fart!

Eastern Common Chimpanzee male (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii)

Eastern Common Chimpanzee male and female young adults grooming (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii)

it was an utter privilege to spend time in this unique environment. as soon as I left I realised I needed to go back again.

Semi-deciduous tropical rain forest, Budongo Forest Reserve, Uganda

View up to rainforest canopy. Budongo Forest Reserve, Uganda

and here’s a very small slideshow of some of the pictures I took.

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