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Campfire Tales
Photograph by Michael Nichols

Leaning forward with a long stem, Pygmy tracker Koba prepares to show Jane Goodall how Goualougo chimps get a snack of ants. First they remove the insects from their nest by "dipping" the ants out with a stem. Then the chimps eat the insects by drawing the stem through their mouth. Forty-three years ago, as a young researcher at Gombe, Goodall became the first scientist to witness nonhuman animals making tools—a behavior previously thought unique to people—when she saw chimps preparing twigs for insect dipping by breaking them off trees and stripping their leaves. Now she travels the world trying to save wild places like Goualougo and the animals they sustain. "All chimpanzees are special," she says. "Each one of them is an individual." [Watch a video of this chimp behavior on the feature page.]

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Leica M6
Film Type: Kodachrome Tri-x
Lens: 35 mm f/1.4
Speed and F-Stop: 1/15 @ f/4

Weather Conditions: In the forest
Time of Day:  7 a.m.
Lighting Techniques: Available light
Special Equipment: Steady finger and famous primatologist.



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