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Photo Diary: A Day in the Life of a Chimpanzee Researcher

Lisa O’Bryan is in Gombe National Park in Tanzania, where Jane Goodall began the first studies of chimps in the wild. Lisa is in the forests trying to better understand the calls chimps make, to help discover just where the line is (or isn’t) between sounds and speech.

What is it like to follow chimpanzees in the wild? Relaxing then action-packed. Strenuous but peaceful. Habitual yet unpredictable. While no two days are ever alike, here is a glimpse into a “standard” day in the life of a chimpanzee researcher at Gombe National Park.

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  1. Ashley Holmes
    North Carolina
    September 8, 2013, 1:55 pm

    Hi, thank you so much for sharing this because it is my dream to do what you do when I grow up and right now I am 16. How did you reach your goal of studying chimpanzee behavior?

  2. Lisa O'Bryan
    May 31, 2013, 8:13 am

    Hi Bert, sorry for the very late response, I must have overlooked this comment. Thank you! Gombe is quite beautiful.

  3. Bert Bos
    April 4, 2013, 3:57 pm

    Thanks for sharing…….very beautiful!