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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
Isn't that just a product of the evolutionary process? We aren't strong, or fast as other species so we've built tools to put us on even or better footing. That gun is what allows us to stand a chance against animals. 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 h... [More]
Comment icon #20 Posted by MJNYC on 10 February, 2014, 15:03
To bad some cowardly poacher will try to kill these creatures so they can chop off their feet or sell them to useless little pricked collectors. I cant wait until some alien race begins to treat the laughable human race like we treat, what we consider to be, lower life forms. It will be hilarious to see the head of a over-stuffed, bloated ass hunter on the wall of some alien overlord. Hilarious. (I had a conversation with a hunter once. He tried to convince me that shooting a unarmed creature from a 100 yards away while sitting in a tree stand was a sport. I laughed and told the sportsman to r... [More]
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
Wow! A 7'-1" tall chimp. That is one big effing monkey. Actually its a 7' - 1" dog.. Meet Freddy... 7ft 1in, 11st and still growing! The Great Dane who's so big he has to be walked in the dark so other dogs won't get scared
Comment icon #23 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: on 28 February, 2014, 18:59
Look at that lil jerks face. You just know hes planning poopy death flinging 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
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 running around, right? But we do... [More]
Comment icon #25 Posted by Myles on 3 March, 2014, 15:20
To bad some cowardly poacher will try to kill these creatures so they can chop off their feet or sell them to useless little pricked collectors. I cant wait until some alien race begins to treat the laughable human race like we treat, what we consider to be, lower life forms. It will be hilarious to see the head of a over-stuffed, bloated ass hunter on the wall of some alien overlord. Hilarious. (I had a conversation with a hunter once. He tried to convince me that shooting a unarmed creature from a 100 yards away while sitting in a tree stand was a sport. I laughed and told the sportsman to r... [More]


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