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Mysterious chimp 'mega-culture' discovered

Posted on Saturday, 8 February, 2014 | Comment icon 25 comments

The chimps are thought to number in the thousands. Image Credit: YouTube / Lukuru Foundation

A huge population of chimpanzees appears to be thriving in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Researchers came across the animals during an expedition through some of the most dangerous terrain on the planet, dodging not only environmental hazards but also armed poachers and rogue militia patrolling the region.

The chimpanzees are believed to number in the thousands and seem to be thriving across an area of remote forest covering 50,000 sq km. Some of them were also observed to have developed a unique set of customs and behaviors such as a tendency to build ground nests and an appetite for giant African snails. Some were even filmed feasting on a leopard carcass.

"This is one of the few places left on Earth with a huge continuous population of chimps," said primatologist Cleve Hicks. "We estimate many thousands of individuals, perhaps tens of thousands."

Source: The Guardian | Comments (25)

Tags: Chimpanzee

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Comment icon #16 Posted by Xynoplas on 9 February, 2014, 21:37
These are the Bili apes: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bili_Ape Very interesting, but not a very recent discovery.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Scheming B on 9 February, 2014, 21:44
Look at that lil jerks face. You just know hes planning poopy death flinging EDIT **oppsie, got one past censors w/o thinking about it**
Comment icon #18 Posted by Black Magic on 10 February, 2014, 4:11
i see much less than thousands
Comment icon #19 Posted by Bildr on 10 February, 2014, 14:54
well... think about that: We, in the comparison, have the capacity to build roads, build huge industrial complexe, agriculture, do art, politics, write, etc... And I truly think that if we can't use to god damn unique gift that nature to surpass the daily relfexes of survival... well it does what we are doing right now: We are a civilisation of ''four year's old'' with a gun in hand. And by the way, the meaning of evolution is not survival of the strongest, but rather the survival of the one who adapts to best. Or else we would still have T-Rex and velociraptor runni... [More]
Comment icon #20 Posted by MJNYC on 10 February, 2014, 15:03
I totally agree with you. Only problem is it will be our heads too. And tbh, that's ok too. We are decimating this planet. Maybe someone else will take care of it and it's creatures.
Comment icon #21 Posted by Calibeliever on 10 February, 2014, 17:05
When they grow to that size it's hard to find chaps that will fit them.
Comment icon #22 Posted by g00dfella on 10 February, 2014, 18:45
Actually its a 7' - 1" dog..
Comment icon #23 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: on 28 February, 2014, 18:59
Awww. But he looks so cute and innocent to do something like that.
Comment icon #24 Posted by Einsteinium on 28 February, 2014, 21:24
Is that not what makes mankind unique among animals though? The fact that we not only adapt to the environment (clothing, shelters, heating, air conditioning, etc.), but that we also change the environment to better suit us. It is this very fact in my opinion that sets us apart from the other animals, our ability to both adapt to the environment deliberately and consciously, and also, to change the environment to better suit us. Whether this unique adaptation benefits us or destroys us over the long term remains to be seen.
Comment icon #25 Posted by Myles on 3 March, 2014, 15:20
Do you swat flies? Use mouse traps? Step on an ant? All those "lower life forms". I'm with you in that I'd like to slap around any poachers. I'm also totally against trophy hunting. Do you have an issue with those who hunt deer, turkey, and the like for food? That doesn't really bother me. In my neck of the woods, the deer population needs thinned by hunting each year. I don't hunt, but I do enjoy deer meat.

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