These amateur photos were taken at Gombe National Park, Tanzania, during July and August, 1974, in the middle of the dry season. I used a 42 mm Olympus 35RC camera, which was small enough that I could carry it in my pocket and photograph chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) in natural settings away from the research station.
The images in this gallery, including high-resolution images suitable for printing, can be used without asking my permission, according to the terms of the license agreement.
For detailed information about Gombe and its chimps, see the Jane Goodall Institute's Center for Primate Studies by Dr. Anne Pusey and colleagues of the University of Minnesota and African Ape Study Sites by Dr. Jim Moore of the University of California, San Diego.
My gratitude goes to Dr. Jane Goodall, Dr. David Hamburg, the Stanford University Human Biology Program, and Tanzania National Parks for the opportunity to conduct research at Gombe. The photos were also made possible thanks to Bill Busse, who provided the camera and film, and Hanne Smith, who brought them to Africa.
Most of the photos were taken while David Riss and I observed the alpha male chimpanzee for 50 continuous days ("The Figan Follow"). This marathon study would not have been possible without the help of the local field assistants, several of whom appear in the photo gallery. We also thank Emilie Riss and Jim Moore, who made guest appearances as field assistants.
Also see my Okavango baboon photos and Cayo Santiago macaque photos.
Copyright © 2002 Curt Busse