Thursday, December 31, 2015

Thank you all and Happy New Year!

It's the last day of the year so we wanted to thank you all for working on Chimp&See with us! Our citizen scientists and moderators are truly amazing and we look forward to a great 2016 with you all, full of new discoveries and fun videos!

A special thank you to the moderators: Quia, Ksigler, AnLand, Jwidness & Yshish for their incredible dedication this year!

Pant Hoots for everyone and wishing you all a great start to the new year!

If you want to see the best videos of 2015 and vote on your favourites like the one of Esme below, go here http://cands.polldaddy.com/s/bestof2015

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Saturday, December 26, 2015

VOTE NOW for the Best of 2015!

Earlier this month, we asked you to think about the best videos on Chimp & See in 2015 in the categories of Favorite Chimp, Funniest Video, Best Camera Reaction, Creepiest Video, Cutest Video, and Biggest Surprise. Thank you for all the amazing nominations!! Now, it's time to vote on them!

We have a survey set up here where you can view the cream of the crop, according to your fellow citizen scientist volunteers and the science team. It's a great chance to look back over the fascinating things we've discovered this year, and give your input on what is the best of the best. (Don't feel bad about playing favorites -- it's an honor just to be nominated! ;-) )

As you view each video, you have the opportunity to give it a score of 1 (low) to 5 (high). Voting ends on Thursday, January 7th. Afterward, we'll tally the scores to find the winners in each category.

Also, the survey is open to anyone (1 entry per computer), so feel free to share this "highlight reel" with family and friends so they can see how much fun you've been having here!

If you have any problems or questions, please let us know. Enjoy, have fun, and may the best clips win!


(Voting takes about 20 minutes, though you are free to vote on as many or as few videos as you'd like. Be sure to submit your votes before January 7, 2016, at 11:00pm EST. Votes are anonymous. One entry per computer.)




Wednesday, December 23, 2015

DailyZoo mongoose vs duiker - last day for 2015 best video nominations!

Last day to nominate your favourite chimpandsee.org videos of 2015 here: http://talk.chimpandsee.org/#/boards/BCP000000c/discussions/DCP0000lrf

Like in this mongoose versus duiker clip - who will prevail? ;)

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Your chimp&see moderators will be collecting the nomination videos starting tomorrow and final voting will soon follow!

original video here:http://talk.chimpandsee.org/#/subjects/ACP0005bwu

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

DailyZoo Great Blue Turaco

We've had lots of great nominations so far and now there are only 2 days left to nominate your favourite chimpandsee.org videos of 2015. Were these bright great blue turacos one of the biggest surprises we had on camera this year? Nominate your favourites at: http://talk.chimpandsee.org/#/boards/BCP000000c/discussions/DCP0000lrf


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original vid here: http://talk.chimpandsee.org/#/subjects/ACP0005wov

Monday, December 21, 2015

Chimpanzees at night

It’s the 21st of December – Winter solstice in the Northern hemisphere – and with over 16 hours of darkness the longest night here in Europe. These “dark times” motivated us to talk about chimpanzee activity at night and what you can see about it over at Chimp & See.

Chimps are not really known for any nocturnal behavior – in fact, not much is known about it at all in the wild, as research teams observing chimp communities during the day usually leave the group after the chimpanzees have made their nests for the night. Nightly vocalization (e.g., long distance calls) and other activity indicators had been recorded in the wild and in captive (zoo) apes, but the reasons for staying up late or even waking up and any possible activities lie mostly – well – in the dark.

Usually, it is assumed that chimpanzees mostly sleep through the night. In areas where chimpanzees live, sunset and sunrise varies not much seasonally and the length of the night (defined as the dark period between sunset and sunrise) is between 11 and 13 hours with only small changes during the year. Because of relatively poor night vision (like us humans) and with known predators (like leopards) active during the night, it is assumed that chimps generally stay in the safety of their nests through the nighttime hours from dusk until next day’s dawn. Given these considerations, we expected it to be very rare to see the chimpanzees at night.

An adult male balancing across a small creek at 5.33 a.m. (Muddy Frost 7)

Nonetheless, at almost each research site up at Chimp & See until now we have seen at least on one occasion what we call the “nightchimps” – chimpanzees that are caught on camera while it is dark. At most sites, these “nighttime” chimp activities (mostly traveling, some feeding) are during the early hours of the day (just before 6 a.m.) and are not considered very unusual. Depending on the distance to a desired feeding patch (e.g., fruit trees), chimps will get up early enough to reach them – or reach them first if feeding competition is an issue.

This chimpanzee infant is very tired on mom's back at 1.46 a.m. (Dry Lake 11)

But at the current site Dry Lake – the first in a dry savannah habitat in West Africa – we could collect significantly more “nightchimps” videos and several of them with time stamps very late at night. Currently, it is wild speculation why the chimps are active so late and why there are considerably more videos from the very early hours of the day than from other sites. One obvious reason might be the hot climate with day temperatures of over 40 °C during the dry season. Almost all “nightchimps” videos found until now have date stamps from March to May (in 2013) with hot temperatures and numbers of recorded “nightchimps” both peaking in April. The chimpanzees may just avoid the very hot day temperatures and feed and/or travel during the cooler morning and late evening hours. They might also need to forage longer or in a bigger area to find enough food. Other factors (like human pressure and domestic animals) may play a role but need to be analyzed and compared with other research sites. Certainly, something the science team will look into.

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A family of three at 8.59 p.m. (Dry Lake 11)

Friday, December 18, 2015

Monday, December 14, 2015

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Nominate Your Favorites for the Best of 2015!

We've had a great year at Chimp & See, thanks to you, and along the way, you've discovered some really amazing things caught on the camera traps. We thought it would be fun to look back over the great footage from this year and share some of the best! Who was your favorite chimp? Was there a clip that made you LOL or say "eww," or that was totally unexpected? What were the best and most memorable clips of 2015? Share your favorites, and then we'll vote!



We want to see the best clips in the following categories:

  • Favorite chimp
  • Funniest clip
  • Best camera reaction
  • Creepiest clip
  • Cutest clip
  • Biggest surprise

To nominate your favorites, just post a reply to  http://talk.chimpandsee.org/#/boards/BCP000000c/discussions/DCP0000lrf that includes the clip ID (e.g., ACP0001234) and the category for each nomination. The thread will stay open for 2 weeks so you have time to find your favorites, and if you have trouble narrowing it down, it's okay to nominate more than one clip for a category. Then, we'll collect all the nominations, and you can vote on your favorites for all of 2015.

If you have a clip in mind but can't find it, or you want some ideas, here are some places to look:

Your profile -- scroll down to see your favorites or any collections you made
The master list of chimps
The DailyZoo nominations
Other keyword collections -- browse under the behavior tags (like selfie, surprise, camera reaction, playing, etc.) or by species

Sound like fun? Let's get started! We look forward to seeing your favorites. :-D

Monday, December 7, 2015

DailyZoo: Porcupines with their porcupette

Today I learned: a baby porcupine is called a porcupette

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original video here: http://talk.chimpandsee.org/#/subjects/ACP0006sv1

Join us at chimpandsee.org to watch and annotate videos from across Africa!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

DailyZoo: Chimpanzee camera test

Not only do we have helpful baboons at chimpandsee.org but also expert chimpanzee camera testers.

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original video here: http://talk.chimpandsee.org/#/subjects/ACP0006hsd

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Field Guide updated!

A major thank you and tres grand merci to our citizen scientist moderators and especially jwidness for updating our Chimp&See field guide! Hopefully it will be even more helpful now for helping all citizen scientists with their classifications!


http://www.chimpandsee.org

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Chimp and See (and Hear!) #3

Sometimes, our most interesting discoveries aren’t what we see, but what we hear!  In this series of posts, we’ll share some of the fascinating sounds of Africa that we’ve heard in the Chimp & See project.

This time, we'll let YOU try to guess what the sound is!  In this clip, we see a squirrel, but it’s not the one making all the racket.  Can you guess what is?  Here’s a hint, it is 2 different species of the same kind of animal.


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Think you know what animals are making the sound?  Keep reading to find out the answer...

Friday, November 13, 2015

Leopard cubs in Gabon

A little taste of what's to come on Chimp&See (in late 2016 or 2017) and what's happening in the field right now! This is from southeast Gabon and part of our collaborative work with the Agence Nationale Des Parcs Nationaux Du Gabon, The Aspinall Foundation and Panthera.


Sunday, November 8, 2015

Baboon Selfie

We're lucky to have such helpful baboons involved with camera adjustments at Dry Lake #selfie #dailyzoo

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original video here: http://talk.chimpandsee.org/#/subjects/ACP00073wk

Friday, November 6, 2015

Chimp and See (and Hear!) #2

Sometimes, our most interesting discoveries aren’t what we see, but what we hear!  In this series of posts, we’ll share some of the fascinating sounds of Africa that we’ve heard in the Chimp & See project.

Today, we'll hear from the birds found in West & Central Africa.  Many of our video clips have at least one bird vocalizing in the background, and every once in a while we catch a glimpse of these beautiful animals.  Here are some of the unique birds we've heard during this project!

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Included here:
White-breasted guineafowl, Hadada ibis, Long-tailed glossy starling (2 different vocalizations), Yellow-casqued hornbill, White-crested hornbill, and Great blue turaco

To see and hear more from these birds, head over to http://chimpandsee.org!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Halloween countdown from Chimp&See!

For the next 10 days we'll been showcasing some of Chimp&See's spookiest videos on facebook and twitter filled with things that go bump in the night (and sometimes during the day too)! Check back here daily to see what makes our top 10 list!

10) Chimp&See's Spooky Rompo 

We started the countdown with this video from Crimson Dew that sets the tone perfectly and was found by modertaor jwidness. Its just an illusion created by a foggy and wet camera lens (or is it?!? muahhahahahahahah!) or perhaps the legendary Rompo?


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original video can be found here: http://talk.chimpandsee.org/#/subjects/ACP00052tm1



9) Spiders
We've got some great spider videos on Chimp&See, sometimes they can even be a bit distracting! Citzien scientist Boleyn commented that "because of the #spider I almost missed the #genet" on this video from Muddy frost: http://talk.chimpandsee.org/#/subjects/ACP0003qe1 


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Also, we suspect that these floaty orbs found by StarwatcherHB and Zanna640 are actually out of focus spiders near the camera lens at Dry Lake but secretly we hope they are benevolent forest spirits like the Kodama or Yumboeshttp://talk.chimpandsee.org/#/subjects/ACP0006w71 

Here are a few more spider videos to make your skin crawl:

8) Elephantom
Citizen scientist moderator ksigler noted that these elephants seems to appear out of nowhere at Cool Silence. It's amazing how in all of our videos these massive beasts seem to be so unobtrusive in the forest, ghost-like one might say.
http://talk.chimpandsee.org/#/subjects/ACP0002p15 


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7) Attack of the not so killer bees
Citizen scientist Eswiniarski is pretty sure that this guinea baboon was stung by a bee in this video from Dry Lake. Luckily he seems to have made a quick recovery.


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originals here: http://talk.chimpandsee.org/#/subjects/ACP000726c and http://talk.chimpandsee.org/#/subjects/ACP000726d 


6) Ghost & Pirate Chimps 
Night mode on our camera traps sometimes makes the chimps look extra ghostly on the videos. Citizen scientist MargC found that our ginger chimp from Dry Lake named Roux looks especially pale in black and white (http://talk.chimpandsee.org/#/subjects/ACP0006ovo and you can see more videos of Roux here: http://talk.chimpandsee.org/#/collections/CCPL0000fm)


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While matching chimps, we rely on special features that distinguish each chimp from one another.The night videos are often tricky for this purpose since many of the features get washed out in low light. Citizen scientists Eswiniarski and AnLand noticed however that this male chimp from Lingering Shape has a special feature that is probably only seen at night: a right eye that does not reflect any light. 
(original videos: http://talk.chimpandsee.org/#/subjects/ACP0005mzg and http://talk.chimpandsee.org/#/subjects/ACP0005mz8)




5) Fires of Samhain
Before Halloween was Halloween, it was Samhain. And a big part of Samhain is fire. "It is suggested that the fires were a kind of imitative or sympathetic magic – they mimicked the Sun, helping the "powers of growth" and holding back the decay and darkness of winter. They may also have served to symbolically "burn up and destroy all harmful influences".Accounts from the 18th and 19th centuries suggest that the fires (as well as their smoke and ashes) were deemed to have protective and cleansing powers".

We have a lot of fires at our current site Dry Lake and they burn during the day and night. Some are natural due to the dryness of the site and some are set by people for agricultural purposes.

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How do chimpanzees react to fire you ask? Check out this paper by Pruetz and LaDuke "Reaction to fire by savanna chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes verus) at Fongoli, Senegal: Conceptualization of "fire behavior" and the case for a chimpanzee model."


Thanks to citizen scientists starwatcherHBMorra and clt21duke for highlighting these great clips (http://talk.chimpandsee.org/#/subjects/ACP0006r5w , http://talk.chimpandsee.org/#/subjects/ACP00075a6 , http://talk.chimpandsee.org/#/subjects/ACP0006ob4)


4) The forests have eyes (and they are adorable, I mean spooky)


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Thanks to citizen scientists jwidness and snorticus for finding these great clips from Red Water and Dry Lake! (http://talk.chimpandsee.org/#/subjects/ACP0003a1x , http://talk.chimpandsee.org/#/subjects/ACP0007ape)


3) Halloween photobomb
Ever get that feeling that there is sssssssssssome body behind you? Citizen Scientist rlb66xyz 6 noticed that this Cool Silence duiker is being seriously photobombed by a snake slithering towards it in the lower right part of the video right above the duiker's head. Sssssssssssssneaky!


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(original video: http://talk.chimpandsee.org/#/subjects/ACP0002nqg


2) Going batty
You wouldn't guess that we'd get a lot of bats on our camera traps - but we do! In this clip from Quiet Wood citizen scientist markehurd saw something a bit batty in this red river hog video clip

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(original video here: http://talk.chimpandsee.org/#/subjects/ACP00004ei)

And If you want to check out more bat videos visit our bat tag group: http://talk.chimpandsee.org/#/collections/CCPL00000l


1) A potto, a galago and the legend of the egbere
We did not expect to see the more elusive smaller primates like galagos (bushbabies) and pottos in our video footage. But our amazing, observant and patient citizen scientists managed to find both! We end our Halloween countdown with this legend from Nigeria about bushbabies.
Bushbabies in the Yoruba language are called 'egbere' and their legend has been passed from generation to generation. The egbere are little, supernatural human like creatures(or spirits) that wonder through the forest carrying a mat (their tail) and lamp (their eyes). Their unique cry sounds like that of a child or little baby which lures humans to them at night.According to popular folklore, bushbabies are usually encountered by hunters deep in the forests. It is said that anyone who is able to steal an egbere's mat will become rich. But, the person has to withstand 7 days of tribulation caused by the creature who wants its property back and the hunter must not lose site of the mat during this time. During those days, the person will not be able to sleep because of the creature's incessant cries which only he can hear. If the person gives up within the 7 days, the Bush Baby will kill them, the fate that awaits most people who try to steal the egbere's mat!
adapted from http://www.mojidelano.com/2013/11/when-folklore-meets-reality-bush-baby.html and http://knowalotmore.blogspot.de/2012/12/top-5-scariest-nigerian-spirit-creatures.html

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Click here to see all our galago videos: http://talk.chimpandsee.org/#/collections/CCPL00009e
and potto videos: http://talk.chimpandsee.org/#/collections/CCPL0000h3

We hope you enjoyed our 10 day countdown and we wish you a very Happy Halloween from Chimp&See!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

1.5 million classifications: Thank you all!

(written by chimp&see moderators jwidness and AnLand)

Chimp and See just hit the amazing 1.5 million classification milestone, and it's thanks to the wonderful work of all of our citizen scientists that we've come so far!  

A big thank you to all our volunteers for their effort and interest!

We're currently working through our first site with footage from savanna habitats and we're seeing many new and interesting animals including a jackal feasting on flying termites, and a couple of individually identifiable warthogs (each with a broken tusk).

http://talk.chimpandsee.org/#/subjects/ACP0006v23  (jackal eating termites)
http://talk.chimpandsee.org/#/subjects/ACP0006w42 (Buster the warthog)
http://talk.chimpandsee.org/#/subjects/ACP0006kv1 (Leroy the warthog)

This little guy and his/her mom are our latest chimpanzee matching success and waiting for their names.



Come join us at chimpandsee.org and help us discover what else is out there!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Chimp and See (and Hear!)

Sometimes, our most interesting discoveries aren’t what we see, but what we hear! In this series of posts, we’ll share some of the fascinating sounds of Africa that we’ve heard in the Chimp & See project.

First up - chimps, of course! It is believed that chimpanzees have over 30 types of vocalizations that they use to communicate with each other. Here are a few of the most common types that we’ve caught on video:

Pant-hoots are loud calls for communicating information, especially over a distance. Here, Andrew lets out a pant-hoot from his seat on the ground.


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Every individual’s pant-hoot is unique.  For comparison, this clip shows our one-armed friend, Dodge, combining his pant-hoot with thumps against a tree.  This display is referred to as 'drumming.'

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Pant-grunts are submissive greetings.  In this clip, we see Teddy seated on the ground using a rock tool.  Bendo, with nuts in his mouth and each hand, makes pant-grunts as he joins Teddy to wait for his turn to use the rock.

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Food grunts are made when food is found or while eating.  Here, we see a chimp passing by the camera on his way to a food patch, where (off-screen) other chimps are emitting food grunts.

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Victim screams are heard when a chimp is disturbed by a something or is under attack.  In this clip, a female carrying an infant enters an area where a male is eating.  Her screams here indicate her uncertainty of the situation.  Her body language also communicates submissiveness to the male.



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That’s all for now, but we have many more vocal chimps over at Chimp & See!  Check them out: http://chimpandsee.org