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Mask of the Mandrill

Behind the Scenes

Scientific researchers are not the only people who have had trouble moving through the rainforest. Bernard Walton, a BBC producer, spent many months trekking through Gabon while making Mask of the Mandrill. “It can be quite horrendous, especially when it is raining a lot,” Walton says of his travels in the rainforest. “The roads are […]

Mask of the Mandrill

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Not much is known about how mandrills behave in the wild, says Dr. Alan Dixson, a zoologist at Cambridge University and scientific advisor to the NATURE program Mask of the Mandrill. With their vivid blue and red facial and rump accents, mandrills are the most colorful mammals ever found in nature, but they are so […]

The Joy of Pigs

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NATURE’s The Joy of Pigs explores the extraordinary variety and success of these often misunderstood mammals. Pigs may be in vogue today among filmmakers and Beverly Hills society matrons, who stroll around with potbellied porkers while shopping on Rodeo Drive. But this ubiquitous animal has been around since before the Ice Age — and in […]

Victims of Venom

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There are not many people in the world who know more about snakes and snake venom than Bill Haast does. After all, Haast, director of the Miami Serpentarium, has been bitten by venomous snakes more than 160 times — and lived to tell the tale. But, as he points out, those bites occurred over the […]

Jane Goodall’s Wild Chimpanzees

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Web Sites The Jane Goodall Institute http://www.janegoodall.org Includes basic biographical information on Jane Goodall and chimp-related links. Discover Chimpanzees http://www.discoverchimpanzees.org The home page of the Jane Goodall Institute’s Center for Primate Studies. Primate Image Collection http://www.primate.wisc.edu/pin/images/chimps.html Chimpanzee images from the Audiovisual Archive Wisconsin Regional Primate Research Center. C.H.I.M.P.P. Homepage http://jinrui.zool.kyoto-u.ac.jp/CHIMPP/CHIMPP.html A paper on C.H.I.M.P.P., or […]

Jane Goodall’s Wild Chimpanzees

Gombe Stream National Park

When Jane Goodall arrived there in 1960, Tanzania’s Gombe Stream National Park was just one parcel of forest amidst a vast sea of trees. Today, however, as shown in JANE GOODALL’S WILD CHIMPANZEES, it is a small green island engulfed by farms, fields, and villages. Despite the change, this park (at a mere 20 square […]

Jane Goodall’s Wild Chimpanzees

Our Closest Relatives

While we may believe that we have nothing but ancestors in common with our primate relatives, Jane Goodall’s research into chimpanzee behavior shows that, in areas from warfare to parenting, our two species are closely linked. For example, she found that, like us, chimpanzees create tools to make their lives easier — such as the […]

Jane Goodall’s Wild Chimpanzees

Jane Goodall’s Story

To a little girl growing up in war-battered England in the 1940s, the stories of Tarzan and Dr. Dolittle, who lived in the jungles of Africa with their wild companions, were enchanting and inspiring. That girl was Jane Goodall, and while she grew up determined to share a forest home with African animals, she may […]