DO BULINDI CHIMPS HUNT?
Chimpanzees are notorious hunters of other mammals, especially monkeys. But the Bulindi chimps are unusual: they don't seem to recognize other animals as food. In a short article just-published, the research team describe cases of chimps at Bulindi handling and playing with dead animals (a guineafowl and hyrax), apparently after capturing them alive, but showing no interest in eating them!
Little MARIA is Mirinda's youngest offspring. She's one of 3 infants born at Bulindi in April last year. Now aged 16 months, she's starting to become ever-more curious about the world around her.
Maria is named after our colleague and researcher Marie Cibot.
Mirinda's youngest son, and younger brother to Gerald, MERRICK is soon to turn 4 years old. Merrick was named in honour of Nancy Merrick, one of the Bulindi project's greatest supporters. Merrick is quite small for his age, probably because Mirinda had her latest infant (Maria) when Merrick was only 2 and a half. Merrick's a curious young chimp and likes to swing around on vines in front of his human observers, back and forth, back and forth. His other idiosyncrasy is his habit of 'blowing raspberries' repeatedly through his lips. Consequently, we can often hear Merrick before we actually see him!