Gladys and her young daughter Goria

Gladys and her young daughter Goria

During the meeting last weekend, several names were proposed for Gladys’s new baby girl, these included Grace, Gombe and Goria – after a close vote Goria (which is the nickname of one of our field assistants – Jackson) was the final winner. Gladys and her family have been seen regularly over the past few weeks and seem to have re-integrated into the group with very little fuss. Hopefully they will continue to stick around and we can follow their progress over the coming months.


On a sadder note we said goodbye to two of our researchers; Agnès Candiotti who spent the past 3 months with us studying the Black and White Colobus monkeys during her M.Sc. placement, and also Marion Laporte. Marion has spent the past two years studying the vocal development of the infant chimpanzees and also served as our assistant director for a time, she is going back to St Andrews to complete her analysis and writing. They will both be greatly missed but we know they will be going on to many other exciting things and we wish them all the best with their future projects.

To see more information on their projects and those of other researchers visit our current research page..


New arrivals!

December 13, 2008

We have some new arrivals here in the Sonso chimp community – two lovely babies and a young female who has recently immigrated into our community. The two babies are both little girls, one belongs to Kigere and has been named Kaspa – she arrives as a bit of a surprise as Kigere is very shy and we had no idea she was even pregnant! Kaspa was seen for the first time on the 28th of November when she was only a few days old, and caused great commotion for a few days as everyone wanted to come and see our youngest member.
The other baby belongs to Gladys. We hadn’t seen Gladys or her daughter Gina for almost 3 years and had started to give up hope of meeting them again when a few days ago they both arrived in the west and casually joined a large group feeding in a big fig tree. We were delighted to see that she had a new 2 year old girl with her, who happily swung about while her mother got down to the more serious task of feeding for the morning. We have a meeting this weekend so stay tuned next week to find out if she is named..

Verena and the young orphan we think is Polina

Verena and the young orphan we think is Polina

Last but by no means least, the young juvenile female who has been spending more and more time with our group over the past year, has been named Verena. She is very young to have immigrated into a new community but seems to have been taken under the wing of Harriet who has a very open familiy and sometimes ‘adopts’ unknown youngsters.

The drumming and shouting outside means the chimps have just arrived in camp to settle in for one last feed in the evening sunshine so I’m off to see who’s around. That’s all for today, more next time….

Want to know more about an individual chimp? Click on their name to visit their page in our Who’s Who area!


December 1, 2008

Hello everyone,

Welcome to our Budongo web log! In camp we were feeling a little guilty about being the only ones lucky enough to experience all of the interesting and entertaining stories that make up daily life here in the Budongo forest; so we thought we’d set up a blog so that everyone else could have as much fun keeping up with the Sonso chimps as we do! We hope that this helps all of our existing friends (and hopefully some new ones..) keep track of the characters they know and love, and meet a few others along the way. We’ve filled the site with lots of interesting features about not only the chimps, but also the research and other projects here at camp. So scroll down for the latest stories or have a look around the rest of the site, and don’t forget to let us know what you think!


Who’s WhoCheck out our chimp profiles in the Sonso Who’s Who pages for the latest up to date information and pictures on the members of the Sonso Chimpanzee community.

Current Research Check out the ongoing projects at the field site.

Local Projects – See how the project has extended it’s links through the local community.

%d bloggers like this: