Friday, August 4, 2017

#MatchMaking: Do Juno Who This Chimp Is?

Greetings!  It's time for another matchmaking challenge, and this time, we go back to our very first site -- Quiet Wood 1!  Let's see if you can help us match these chimps from way back in our early days:

First, we have a known adult female chimp, named Juno, along with her infant, Jay.  Juno is a larger female, with sparse hair, lots of gray (especially on the back), and a square balding head.  Jay is a medium-sized infant, still with the infant's white tuft of hair on the rear end, a face that is a bit orange in color, and very prominent round ears.

You can see more of Juno and Jay in this collection of video clips.

We also have another mother/infant pair at Quiet Wood who some people think might really be Juno and Jay.  Here's where we could use a few more opinions.  Take a look at the image below:

You can also view the full video clip here.

As you can see, this female has a similar build, similar coloration, and the infant also looks similar.  But are they really the same?  Look closely.  What do you think?

Feel free to share your thoughts below, or you can help us sort out this and other matches on the discussion board at Chimp & See.  Until next time -- happy matchmaking!

Friday, July 28, 2017

#MatchMaking: Talib edition

Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make Me a Match!

Welcome to another edition of chimp matching 🐵

One of the goals at Chimp&See is to take videos that have been found containing chimpanzees and identify individual animals.  To do this, we compare videos and attempt to “match” animals that have identical physical features.  Anyone is allowed to propose a match, but multiple people must be in agreement before a potential match is confirmed by a site scientist.

This week’s featured potential match is from Restless Star.  Here we have an identified chimp named Talib:

And then we have two other individuals.  These two appear to be a match to each other (hence the temporary IDs of RSMale09 and RSMale09b), although it has not been confirmed:
Side-by-side courtesy of @NuriaM

Compare the above images. Consider things like overall body size and shape, head shape and facial features, as well as balding patterns, scars and deformities (if any exist).  So, what do you think? Is GSMale09 a match to Talib?  What about GSMale09b? Is it the same individual in each image?  Why do you think so?  What characteristics make you think they do or do not match?

Bring your comments over to the discussion at Chimp&See Talk.  There are more images and videos available on Talk for those wanting a better look.  You can also comment below.  The more feedback received, the more confident we can be in our determination, match or no match, so come tell us what you think!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

#MatchMaking: Male at Aged Volet

This week we like to get your opinion about a handsome male. And it's easy as a-b-c - literally!

He is a fully grown-up adult with mostly black hair. His eyebrows are rather straigt, the mask around the eyes is black and the muzzle slightly brighter. The ears stick out a little. There might be some baldness on his forehead but we don't know exactly the shape and size of it due to the lighting conditions.

Have a closer look at him in the videos on Chimp & See: clip 1   clip2

In our discussion on talk we already ruled out the proposed match to Caruso. Now we have two possibilities left. The first one is Magnus and the second one is Baron. On purpose we don't give either of their descriptions here to not bias you. We'd like you to come up with your own opinion. The next two collages show the two males:

Here's our question: Do you think the male above is 

a) Magnus
b) Baron, or
c) none of the two

Have you decided yet? Then please head over to the ongoing discussion on talk and tell us what you think. You can also just leave the respective letter a, b or c, if you prefer. We very much appreciate your participation!

Thank you and see you at Chimp & See where the brandnew site "Green Snowflake" is up and running!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Birds of a feather

If you’ve been browsing the discussion boards on Chimp&See Talk, you may have noticed there is a new species guide: Identifying Birds.  The guide is meant to serve as a starting point for those wanting to improve their ID skills for the birds we see at C&S.  I know I certainly got more acquainted with the birds we have seen while writing the guide and I feel more confident identifying species now. I hope the guide helps others to do the same!

Screenshot of a portion of the bird guide

The guide can be found in The Objects section of the Help board or simply click on the link above.
The guide groups species by broad, shared characteristics that should be discernible even to those inexperienced with bird ID (poultry-like birds, predatory birds, etc.).  There is also a list of species we most often encounter at the top of the guide, so check those descriptions first if you are uncertain where to begin.  Each species has a short physical description as well as images and links to videos from C&S to aid in identification.

Thank you to all the moderators who provided help and feedback for the guide and to everyone for their continuing efforts with the C&S project!

Fly high and happy tagging!

Friday, July 14, 2017

#MatchMaking: Dry Lake juveniles

This new post in our chimp matching series introduces a current proposal at Chimp & See, and asks you to help us decide if they match or not.  This week, we're looking at some of the juveniles from the Dry Lake 11 site.

First, we have a young chimp known as DL11Juv15 (for the Dry Lake 11 site, the 15th juvenile found):

We believe this is a male chimp, and our volunteers have described him as a large juvenile with a long, overall dark face.  We also see round ears that stick out on the side, and thin brows with a tiny bald spot at the hairline between them.  We also see a bald patch in the hair on his left arm near the elbow, and on the left shoulder.

Here are the full video clips of this chimp: Clip 1, Clip 2, Clip 3

Now, here is another young chimp from Dry Lake (the one on the left):

He or she is similar in size to our DL11Juv15.  Our volunteers describe him or her as having even face coloration, ears that stick out, a tiny bald spot in the middle of the brows, and a bald spot on the right shoulder.

Here are the full video clips of this chimp (it's the one that looks at the camera and then walks toward it): Clip 1, Clip 2

Finally, we have this juvenile from Dry Lake (the one on the left):

We don't see much, but our volunteers see a similar body size as the other two juveniles.  S/he also appears to have bald spots on both shoulders, as well as a hairless right wrist.  The only missing feature seems to be the bald spot above the brow.

Here is the full video clip of this chimp (again, the one who begins on the left and leaves around :04 seconds): Clip

What do you think?

Are these chimps matches to each other?  Please share your thoughts in the comments below, or join our ongoing discussion over at Chimp & See.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

#MatchMaking: An adult female with an infant

This new posting in our chimpmatching series introduces a currently discussed match proposal at Chimp&See and invites you to review and get involved.

First up are two slightly overexposed videos of an adult female with an infant. We think, she might be Sita and her offspring Nini from the Cool Silence site. The colored footage is from the "known" chimp Sita.

Like Sita, this female is very bald, has a barrel-like upper body and skinny legs. The eye brows are arched, but not prominently protruded. The nostrils have a hawkish appearance that is reversed by a very rounded muzzle. Her rectangular face is irregularly colored with pinkish pigments around the eyes and at the upper part of the muzzle. These coloration differences can also be seen in the black-and-white footage.

proposed match sequence 1 here and here

proposed match sequence 2 here and here

all known videos from Sita can be found here

Most notable are the irregular formed ears. They both stick out quite a bit. The left one is probably just a bit strangely grown; the right ear is seriously deformed (maybe even cut).

The roundish swelling is not much protruded.

What do you think? Could this be the same female?

Please keep in mind that these are camera trap videos from an unknown (unhabituated) chimpanzee population, so we don’t have the ultimate answer whether this is a match or not either! 

If this posting got you interested in our matching discussions, please come over to the discussion forum and get involved.  

We are very much interested in your opinion!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Thank You!!!

From the absolute bottom of our hearts the PanAf science team wants to thank you guys for making this 2nd Anniversary at Chimp&See so special!

We started this project hoping that the videos we've been recording since 2010 would capture some minds and hearts but we never knew how amazing of a community we would be fortunate enough to build as well.

We are of course excited for the science, for all the analyses we're gonna be able to do thanks to YOU guys! But we are equally excited about getting people involved and excited about conservation and animal behaviour. We hope this window into chimpanzee habitats, that will be taking us to 14 different African nations by the time we are done, shines a strong and bright light on how important it is to protect these areas :)

A massive thank you to everyone who has been involved in classifications for the past 2 years and if you haven't been to Talk yet, please come and visit!!! Lurk for a while and then join in the conversation :) You can get involved in chimp matching, tagging camera reactions, discussing your favourite videos or anything to do with science, behaviour, conservation, or anything at all really! The Chimp&See Talk community is really my favourite place to go everyday - catch up on the "meet our citizen scientists" series if you missed it last week :)

We want to specifically thank our moderators again for all they do and for staying so motivated and engaged and dealing with the science team's noobiness when it comes to all of this. Especially to Anja and Kris who organized all of this year's Anniversary activities! Pant hoots and warmest thanks to: Kris, Anja, Jane, Zuzi & Briana!

We also want to give a massive thank you to the citizen scientists who contributed to this year's "Meet our volunteers" stories. It really touched us deeply that you shared your stories with us and that you feel as passionate about conservation as we do! Let us know if you ever want to volunteer in the field ;)  Pant hoots and warmest thanks to: Boleyn, Snorticus, Batfan,Vestigial, LauraKLynn, Paleosue, Squish5 and Zoogirl1 

To celebrate, I sign off with my favourite video that still makes me smile, an early one but a good one - #duikerfail

Mimi & the Science Team

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

A Story from @zoogirl1!

To help celebrate Chimp and See's 2nd anniversary, we asked our volunteers to share their personal stories, memories, and anniversary wishes for the blog. Today's volunteer story is from @zoogirl1:

On Chimp and See, you know me as zoogirl1.  My real name is Caryn Bunshaft.

I'd like to say... Hi, my name is Caryn.

I picked zoogirl1 for a screen name because I would prefer to be with an animal over a human most of the time.

I would travel to every place on earth to see the animals living in the wild and I am doing a good job at that. When I don't travel, I volunteer at the Bronx Zoo with the aquatic birds (yes, I play with penguins on a regular basis) because they won't take a volunteer in the mammal department. I volunteer at a wildlife rehab center which is mostly for birds of prey. (I know, more birds). But I get to handle falcons, hawks and owls. Not bad.

They have many of the animals we see here in the Congo area of the zoo. I have gone specifically to see the duikers since we have seen so many of them. The duikers are soooooo small, they can't always find them in the exhibit.

Somehow through my husbands connections, I was introduced to this wonderful program. I have been glued to this thing for two years now. It is one of the few ways I can see wild things in their habitat and help them at the same time. I learn so much from the discussions.

The first time I was offered to name a chimp I was thrilled. Since then, I have named a few more chimps, a badger and a leopard. How cool is that?

Every now an then, the other projects on zooniverse call my name for a quick blast to help finish something and I willingly participate but always come right back here.

Thanks, Caryn, and all our volunteers for making C&S such a special project!  This wraps up the Volunteer Story series in honor of our 2nd anniversary.  Stay tuned tomorrow for a message from Mimi!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

A Story from @squish5!

To help celebrate Chimp and See's 2nd anniversary, we asked our volunteers to share their personal stories, memories, and anniversary wishes for the blog. Today's volunteer story is from @squish5:

On Chimp and See, you know me as squish5.  My real name is Mick Ruby.

I'd like to say...

  • I volunteer at Chimp and See because ... It's a great opportunity to assist even a little with this project. Really enjoying it and as I learn more it becomes more interesting. I spend a lot of time laid up due to a back injury so this is perfect for keeping me busy :)
  • Something I never expected to learn from Chimp and See is... The difference in personalities of the chimps, like Marlyn's playfulness or Carouso's eating habits. You do get to know them after a while, even if very slowly.
  • The best thing about being a part of Chimp and See is... Being able to communicate with the scientists directly, who are very helpful by the way. And also how knowledgeable the volunteers are.
  • My favorite Chimp and See memory so far is... I was only a member for a short time when I came across a clip of a leopard jumping. The sheer power and grace was awesome, so of course I thought i would see a clip like that every week......... Not so much :(
Thanks for the opportunity and all the help/patience. Looking forward to plenty more sites in the future so HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!

Thanks, Mick, and all our volunteers for making C&S such a special project! See you tomorrow for the last installment of our special Volunteer Story series!  (Mick left out some details about a dangerous car chase and thrilling explosions.  Maybe next time?)

Monday, May 1, 2017

A Story from @ksigler!

To help celebrate Chimp and See's 2nd anniversary, we asked our volunteers to share their personal stories, memories, and anniversary wishes for the blog. Today's volunteer story is from @ksigler:

On Chimp and See, you know me as ksigler.  My real name is Kris.

I'd like to say... I live in Maryland, USA, about an hour northwest of Washington, DC.  Professionally, I've spent a lot of my life being a techie down in the city, but at home, I'm a wildlife-loving country girl.  I found Zooniverse and Chimp & See a couple of years ago when I felt compelled to start making a difference with my life.  Citizen science offered plenty of opportunities to dabble in my science and history interests, and of all my projects, Chimp & See captured my heart and mind the most.  Partially because of all the fascinating and adorable animals, like Sugar, one of my first namees.  However, it has also truly been one of the most rewarding activities of my entire life, and here's why...

First, it has my favorite nerdy things, like scientific research, detective work, intellectual discussions, and data analysis.  Second, it's also like a live-action hidden object game, interwoven with dialogue-free mini soap operas ripe for "caption this" fun.  Third, it has a wonderful, diverse community.  As an introvert, I was reluctant to get involved in Talk at first.  But everyone here is so nice and supportive of one another, and we accomplish so much as a team, it's hard to believe this is on the internet!

Finally (gonna get deep here for a minute), this project has helped me appreciate more of what's going on around me and around the world.  Baba Dioum's famous statement has always resonated with and motivated me: "In the end we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught."  Chimp & See literally covers all of those in one place, for chimpanzees, other wildlife, and even us humans.  Each "Oh, really? I didn't know that!" moment of growth is like magic.  I feel fortunate and proud to be a part of a project spreading so much magic around the world.  Happy Anniversary, Chimp & See!

Thanks (me, I guess? :-P) and all our volunteers for making C&S such a special project!  See you tomorrow for another story!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

A Story from @paleosue!

To help celebrate Chimp and See's 2nd anniversary, we asked our volunteers to share their personal stories, memories, and anniversary wishes for the blog. Today's volunteer story is from @paleosue:

On Chimp and See, you know me as paleosue.  My real name is Sue Ruth.

I'd like to say... My name is Sue and I am an archaeologist and community college teacher living in New Mexico. I got hooked on Chimp & See shortly after it started up about 2 years ago. Since then I have told anyone who will listen and even those who won't about the project.

Each semester I take my anthropology students on a virtual field trip to Africa and I show them how to record the animals, especially the primates, hoping to spark that same feeling of wonder and amazement I feel when I find something interesting. So moderators, if there is ever a flood of weird identifications that lasts about an hour, that's probably us.

My favorite moment was getting to name a one-tusked warthog, ACP0006lto. I will be forever grateful to Snorticus, who suggested that I get to name him since I happened to tag him first. The warthog is now "Leroy" after my late father-in-law, who I think would be glad that there is warthog somewhere in West Africa named in his honor.

It's funny, but I now find myself perfectly at home in the forests of Africa.

Thanks, Sue, and all our volunteers for making C&S such a special project! See you tomorrow for another story!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

A Story from @lauraklynn!

To help celebrate Chimp and See's 2nd anniversary, we asked our volunteers to share their personal stories, memories, and anniversary wishes for the blog. Today's volunteer story is from @lauraklynn:

On Chimp and See, you know me as LauraKLynn.  My real name is Laura.

I'd like to say... I had dabbled in Zooniverse before, but I was very excited when Chimp & See appeared. For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by great apes. I appreciate their intelligence and similarity to humans, while recognizing and respecting their uniqueness as separate species. In high school, I told my guidance counselor I wanted to be a primate cognitive ethologist and study great apes. While that career never quite came to fruition, I still idolize the trimates (Goodall, Fossey and Galdikas) and daydream about being a field researcher. Chimp & See lets me live out a little bit of that fantasy and contribute to scientific research.

Thanks, Laura, and all our volunteers for making C&S such a special project! See you tomorrow for another story!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

A Story from @vestigial!

To help celebrate Chimp and See's 2nd anniversary, we asked our volunteers to share their personal stories, memories, and anniversary wishes for the blog. Today's volunteer story is from @vestigial:

On Chimp and See, you know me as vestigial.  My real name is Chris.

I'd like to say... I volunteer at the National Zoo with the primate program and I'm familiar with the problems facing wildlife there due to habitat loss. Because of that, I'm used to thinking of Asian elephants as wandering around through dense forested areas. I was not, however, used to seeing African elephants in forests. I guess because in the documentaries and things I've seen African elephants are always in herds near waterholes or on big dusty plains. Chimp and See was the first place I'd every seen videos of huge African elephants moving through dense forests while trying to negotiate steep slopes. While not as graceful on those slopes as they seem on the plains, it was impressive how well they blended in. They would just suddenly appear from the trees. It's hard to imagine such a large animal being hidden from view so easily and made me understand better when the locals talk about being careful when moving through the forest because you could suddenly come across a very large animal.

Thanks, Chris, and all our volunteers for making C&S such a special project! See you tomorrow for another story!

A Story from @Batfan!

To help celebrate Chimp and See's 2nd anniversary, we asked our volunteers to share their personal stories, memories, and anniversary wishes for the blog. Today's volunteer story is from @Batfan:

On Chimp and See, you know me as Batfan.  My real name is Jane.

I'd like to say... A huge Happy Birthday C&S. Long may this brilliant project continue.

After a couple of summers spent teaching at a remote school in Tanzania, with a roost of bats living down the ‘long drop’ (which made for some very interesting trips to the loo!!!), I fell totally in love with both Africa and bats.

At the end of last year I had to go into hospital, which led to an enforced period of inactivity and, to keep me sane during this time, I investigated the Zooniverse site to find something to occupy me. After having dabbled with various projects, from planets to penguins, I came across C&S and, within minutes, was totally hooked. My love of wildlife coupled with my love of Africa, make this the perfect project for me. Although I’m now back, living my normal life again, it’s become a priority to carve out at least a few minutes each day to spend trawling the C&S videos to see what new gems are there to be discovered.

When I came to the site, I always knew I’d love such as the chimps, monkeys, elephants, hippos and leopards but I hadn’t realized how many other species I’d develop such affection for. Those red river hogs always make me smile as they rootle around and those leaping galagos make me laugh out loud. Even the pretty little (and I’ve only recently found out just how little) duikers frequently melt my heart.

And it’s not just the animals that make C&S such a great site to be involved with. All you mods , scientists and ‘old hand’ citizen scientists have been so welcoming and helpful to newer people such as me and because of this, I’ve never felt embarrassed to ask questions or make mistakes, and so feel to have learned loads. Thank you to you all.

So once again, Happy Birthday C&S,. May there be many more years to come.

Thanks, Jane, and all our volunteers for making C&S such a special project! See you tomorrow for another story!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

A Story from @Snorticus!

To help celebrate Chimp and See's 2nd anniversary, we asked our volunteers to share their personal stories, memories, and anniversary wishes for the blog. Today's volunteer story is from @Snorticus:

On Chimp and See, you know me as Snorticus.  My real name is Dawna.

I'd like to say... You never know what you will see in the animal clips. Some days it's a shared adventure with other volunteers, moderators & the scientists too. The Saturday we started the lengthy light hearted discussion & research as to the fact or fiction of a three-nippled guinea baboon (who was later named Maxine) was rather fun. Several of us were online classifying around the world that day (Czechoslovakia, Switzerland, Germany, America) and everyone joined in the discussion. Some held that it was a just a clinging leaf & some presented good support for the 3 nipple theory.

Here is a link to that amusing & educational thread:

Thanks, Dawna, and all our volunteers for making C&S such a special project! See you tomorrow for another story!

(If you would like to submit your own, there's still time! Just submit this form by Wednesday, 4/26.)

Monday, April 24, 2017

A Story from @Boleyn!

To help celebrate Chimp and See's 2nd anniversary, we asked our volunteers to share their personal stories, memories, and anniversary wishes for the blog.  Today's volunteer story is from @Boleyn:

On Chimp and See, you know me as Boleyn.  My real name is Heidi Pfund.

I'd like to say... It all started with a podcast

After a phantastic safari through Botswana I was missing the wildlife dearly. Henry, my partner, had pity on me and told me of a podcast where they introduced "Snapshot Serengeti", another Zooniverse project. I literally jumped on it and was hardly to seperate from my screen in my spare time. But alas! After about 5 weeks of frantic classification, they run out of pictures. I was on cold turkey! No more animals, no more fun.

Salvation came with a mail from Zooniverse, asking the volunteers to check out Chimpandsee. And there were even videos not only pictures! So many lovely animals to study in their living environment, including the occasional chimp. I was in heaven!

That's almost two years since. Over the time I got more and more involved with these adorable, interesting apes and I wouldn't want to miss them anymore. The matching, comparing and discussing serves my liking for detective work. And now we are even able to match leopards. How great is this?

Today I just classified my 18'000 video at C&S. How did @squish5 say: That's a lot of duikers. But hell, I love every little flapper - they take me easily back to Africa every single day I like!

Images from

Thanks, Heidi, and all our volunteers for making C&S such a special project!  See you tomorrow for another story!

(If you would like to submit your own, there's still time!  Just submit this form by Wednesday, 4/26.)

Sunday, April 23, 2017

***Updated!*** Meet our chimps: The One Where Lesley’s Infant Gets a Name

The “Meet our chimps” mini-series closes with adult female Lesley and her infant daughter – whom we also want to name with you!

Adult female Lesley is none of our most memorable and special chimps. She has a friendly face with a slightly reddish pigmentation, cute pointy ears, some balding, and a strong body. Although that’s not something very special for females with dependent offsprings, she seems to be a bit less gregarious (i.e., social) than other members of her group. She is more often seen alone with her infant or in smaller groups with just another adult, not in the big traveling or feeding parties.

Her already big infant daughter makes the most of this situation, plays and investigates on her own whenever she gets the chance – and provided that mom is still close. This little girl is one of the few infants overall at Chimp&See that has been matched on her own due to a defining trait: the small scar or dent at her right eyebrow. Usually, we can only match the infants because we can identify their mothers. She is special in that regard and that’s why we wanted to present her here and use the opportunity to let use choose a name for this little girl!

To go with her mother’s name and our brief thoughts about sociality in this posting, we decided to go with another pop-culture theme, the great 90ies TV show “Friends”. So, growing up, do you think she will be perfectionist and bossy like Monica, eccentric like Phoebe, or always emotionally outpouring like Rachel? Please vote here

***Update (April 26, 2017) ***
Welcome Phoebe! Thank you so much for helping us again to settle for a name for another sweet little infant. Lesley’s daughter will now get her final “ID” with this wonderful name. A clear majority for Phoebe emerged already in early votings and could sustain its ranking against a rising share for Rachel in the very last hours of this poll. Just like her namesake from Friends, we hope she will be a great and tolerant friend, a bit eccentric, and get the “forest smartness” to survive in her changing environment.

If you wonder, why we name our chimps, instead of just keeping coded IDs (like Phoebe’s temporary ID: RSInf03), please read this wonderful blogpost by our mod Kristeena Sigler. And if you want to get the chance to name a chimp yourself, visit our discussion boards at Chimp&See and give chimp matching a go.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Chimp&See at the March for Science Leipzig

The MPI-EVA was well represented at the March for Science in Leipzig today and we even did some Chimp&See outreach that made it to the local paper! We were 1300 strong at our march and were humbled to be part of the worldwide peaceful protest :D

If you marched today we hope you had a great and safe march! #ScienceIsForEveryone

Meet our chimps: Nuka-Taka

Today we have a TON to celebrate: 

* The 2 year anniversary of Chimp&See 🐵🎉
* Earth Day 🌍 and
* the March for Science ⛓

Thank you so much for all your volunteer time on for the past 2 years! Our incredible success is ALL thanks to YOU!

Today's Meet our Chimps focuses on chimpanzee Nuka-Taka:

We try to avoid this expression, but let’s face it: this chimp has an egg-head. We recognized this young male immediately because of his coned-shaped head, the orderly laid hair, and small ears, which together form a very distinct head and face. He seems to be younger than the other adult males, but is a full adult with a muscular upper body. For some time, we thought that we might have a second male with similar traits, but the small ear damage that “both” share made it clear that we have only one new chimp here: Nuka-Taka (both names – combined in the final match – by hoothoot). For the initial matching mistake we have to blame the sunlight. Face color and size/form of the nostrils vary greatly depending on the light situation, which makes it harder to compare finer details in chimp faces.

Nuka-Taka is seen in big parties with females and kids, but also in only male parties. Although confidently walking with the big males, he gets nervous when something happens. His “insecure” face expression looks sometimes a bit comical and increased our love for him considerably. But – as you can see in the video below – Nuka-Taka is also a guy who gives a hug, when it is needed.

Classifications at Restless Star are already finished, but we still have open matching discussions and want to identify and name more chimps.

If you want to get involved and see African wildlife from camera traps yourself, please come over to Chimp&See!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Meet our chimps: Yeye

At first, we totally got this chimp wrong. Sure, the match was without any doubt: we identified a young chimp (young adult / late adolescent) with an unusual light face that we’ve seen several times in different chimp parties. Because of the sturdy built, a robust upper body, and angular face, we thought it is a young male – and were mistaken. Fortunately, before naming this guy, we’ve seen the body from the side view and could see a female swelling.

Our long-term volunteer Boleyn proposed this match and named her Yeye. “This means he/she in Swahili. They do not make a difference and I think that fits her very well since I thought at first it was a young male.”

Yeye is still young and might not have reached full adult size by now, but she started cycling and we’ve seen her several times fully swollen (a sure sign for adulthood in females). She is very often seen with her BFF Jazz, another young female with a beautiful dark face.

Classifications at Restless Star are already finished, but we still have open matching discussions and want to identify and name more chimps.

If you want to get involved and see African wildlife from camera traps yourself, please come over to Chimp&See!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

***Updated!*** Meet our chimps: Pandora and [we need a name!]

Next up on our “Meet our chimps” series is a very special pair: adult female Pandora and her infant boy – whom we want to name here with you!

Pandora has a dark face and overall dark hair. She has a triangular bald spot above the rounded eyebrows and a slightly gray beard. Her infant is always carried on her back. His pronounced key hole-formed face and the big nostrils make him super adorable. Pandora and her littlun are always curious and very interested in the camera. They are the chimps who most often not only recognize and react to the camera, but getting very close to investigate thoroughly.

Pandora has been named by our volunteer hoothoot who said: “I would like to name her Pandora as she seems very curious. :) My biggest hope for her is that she won't repeat the mistake of her namesake and thus will stay away from tempting boxes or other things which could harm her and her family.” At least for our field season, we can exclude that any harm happened to them and for sure nothing came “out” of our camera traps!

As classification at the site has finished, we are starting to name the infants of clearly identified females. Pandora’s infant is first and we decided to go with a magical “Harry Potter” theme and want to let you decide: Should the infant's name be: Harry, Ron, or Draco? Please vote here until Saturday (April 22nd)!

*** Update (April 23, 2017) ***

Thanks for voting in the infant naming poll and welcome Draco! We got 44 votes and closed now the poll. Almost half of your votes went to Draco, leaving Ron and especially Harry far away from any interference here. This huge majority vote was somehow unexpected, but you’re right: Draco is the perfect name for this curious and decisive little chimp.  

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

***Updated!*** Chimp&See Science Team "Ask Us Anything" April 25th

To commemorate the 2nd anniversary of, the Chimp&See science team will host a special “Ask Us Anything” (AUA) event that will be held on Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 at

Members of the science team will be online between 4 and 6 p.m. UTC to answer all the questions you might have about the project, its research questions, field work, preliminary results, lessons learned, and future directions. We're also happy to discuss our research, conservation and field experience so go ahead and Ask Us Anything :) To learn more about the science team beforehand, check out our Introductions, the PanAfrican Programme: The Cultured Chimpanzee Website and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology website

For easier access, here again the scheduled time for the event (attention: it’s daylight saving time on the Northern hemisphere!): 4 p.m. UTC (Coordinated universal time is not on summer / daylight saving time!)

- 5 p.m. BST (London) 

- 6 p.m. CEST (Leipzig / Berlin) 
- 12 p.m. EDT (New York) 
- 9 a.m. PDT (Los Angeles) 
- 2 a.m. AEST – (Melbourne. Sorry, it’s very early!)

The board will open on April 25th a few hours before the AUA starts so that you can post questions before the event starts if you want. If we don't get to your question during the AUA we will be sure to get to it in the days that follow and, of course, you can always ask chimp-related and other questions at the regular “Questions for the science team” board

Thanks everyone!! Those 2 hours FLEW right by!

What an awesome experience and thank you so much for the amazing questions and your participation! You can check out the whole AUA here:

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Meet our chimps: Waldemar

This brief series, marking the 2nd anniversary of Chimp&See, will introduce you to some of the most remarkable chimps at our recent Restless Star site in East Africa. They are members of the Eastern chimpanzee subspecies Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii and live at this site in a mountainous environment along with gorillas and elephants.

We first met Waldemar climbing down a tree and elegantly hopping over some scrubs in front of the camera. Immediately, we dubbed him the athlete of the group. He is easily identifiable with his roundish and friendly face and an unusual light nose and muzzle. His hair shines almost silvery in the sunlight. He is not the biggest of the males here, but he makes sure that he is always in the center of everybody’s attention. He is named after the German marathoner Waldemar Cierpinski.

Classifications at Restless Star are already finished, but we still have open matching discussions and want to identify and name more chimps.

If you want to get involved and see African wildlife from camera traps yourself, please come over to Chimp&See!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Chimp&See 2nd Anniversary Celebrations!!!

🎉🐵🎉 We are quickly approaching the 2nd Anniversary of Chimp&See, and invite YOU to help us celebrate! Leading up to, and beyond, our anniversary on April 22nd, please join us for these special activities we have planned:

- We'll have chimp naming polls in the days to come to help us choose names for some of our baby chimps!

- Through the end of this week, be sure to visit the Chimp and See blog for a special "Meet Our Chimps" series! Each post will focus on different fascinating chimps from the Restless Star site. If you missed them, here's a chance to catch up on the personalities and stories that kept us enchanted with Restless Star over the last year! We kick off with the first "Meet our chimps" with an introduction to Waldemar!

- On Tuesday, April 25th, join us on Talk for a Chimp and See "Ask Us Anything!" Members of the science team will be online between 4 and 6 p.m. UTC and answer all the questions you might have about the project, its research questions, lessons learned, and future directions. Specialists will also be on hand for questions about animals behavior, field research, and conservation.

- Now through Wednesday, April 26th, share your story! We want to learn about the fascinating volunteers who are making Chimp and See such a fun, successful project. Tell us how you got started, recount a favorite memory, or share a photo of your favorite find. You can read all the stories on the Chimp and See blog at the end of the month. Send us your story now! 

We hope you can join us for our celebration! And, of course, thank you again for continuing your amazing work of classifying and matching!!! Let's keep it going strong as we enter our third year of Chimp and See!  🎉🐵🎉

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

3 million classifications! Thank You!!!

We hit tonight three million classifications by almost 9,000 volunteers. A huge thank you to everyone taking the time to watch, classify, and discuss our videos. We could not do this without you!

It does not happen very often, but sometimes animals recognize our cameras and it seems as if they start watching us. Here is a small selection of different interested parties:

We want to say thank you and always love to see YOU here at Chimp&See!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Volunteer Stories - Coming Soon!

As you may know, April is a very special month at Chimp and See. It was nearly two years ago, on April 22nd, that our project kicked off here at Zooniverse, opening up the wilds of Africa for us to explore through our screens.  To celebrate this anniversary, we'll be collecting personal stories and messages from our volunteers to share here on the blog.  If you have a story of your own to share about your experience with Chimp and See, or want to learn more, here's the official announcement.

We also have some very special posts and other activities planned for our anniversary, so stay tuned!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

almost at 3 million classifications!

Woohoo! only 50,000 more classifications needed to hit the 3 million mark!
2,950,000 pant hoots to you all for your help!!!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

#ElephantTuesdays: ELEFACTS 🐘

This is the last entry of the Elephant Tuesdays blog, and as a kind of farewell, I would like to shortly name some interesting facts about elephants that you might not know. 

Did you know that…?

Elephants are right-trunkers and left-trunkers; they show side preferences when moving their trunks and forefeet for feeding, uprooting and grabbing vegetation (Keerthipriya, P.; Tewari, Rachna; Vidya, T.N. C. Journal of Comparative Psychology, Vol 129(4), Nov 2015, 377-387

Scientists agree that joy is an emotion that most of the mammals experience. It has been agreed that rats engage in joyful plays like apes, and that they have evolved a gargalesis tickle response. I couldn´t find any scientific written evidence of elephants showing gargalesis, but there are tons of personal experiences among animal keepers and elephant experts that would support it 
It´s been often witnessed that elephants suffering from physical pain caused by wounds resulting from chains, hooks, amputations, etc. press their forehead against a wall or bite their trunk to reduce pain. 

In order to draw any scientific conclusion about something, science requires that we be able to measure it. We cannot measure emotions, so although it is a fact that elephants do produce tears, it is not scientifically certain that these tears are the result of an emotional response. 

Elephants are known to be excellent swimmers and have been documented to spend hours in deep water swimming with just their trunks above the water line.
It is the only animal that can snorkel at depth. From a physiological point of view, this fact would be impossible, as the resulting pressure differences require special lung structures, and specifically, changes in the pleural membranes and pleural space. An autopsy conducted in 1681 on an elephant revealed that the elephant´s lungs are unusual; they have connective tissue in their pleural space, instead of liquid. As breathing while being underwater must generate enormous pressures to expand their lungs against the water pressure, they need a very strong and thick muscle around their lungs.

At very high temperatures and with no near water available, elephants will often introduce their trunks inside their mouths to get saliva and spray it on their bodies to get refreshed.

What does the largest terrestrial mammal have in common with a moth?

They are pheromone fellows; elephants share an attraction to (Z)-7-dodecenylacetate, a female urine pheromone that provokes a high frequency of chemosensory responses in males prior to and during mating, with 140 species of moth (Rasmussen et al., 1996). Such coincidences are a consequence of convergent evolution.


National Geographic:

National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI):

Biology, Medicine, and Surgery of Elephants, Murray E., Fowler and Susan K. Mikota (2006)

Pheromones: Convergence and contrasts in insects and vertebrates,Tristram D. Wyatt (in Wyatt, TD (2003) Pheromones and Animal Behaviour: Communication by Smell and Taste. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge)

Von Elefanten und Menschen, Kurt, Fred (2014)