American primatologist Nicole Simmons from Makerere University journeyed to western Uganda in 2006, her objective being to arrive at a remote gorge named after the river coursing through it, Kyambura. Accounts told of a secluded group of eastern chimpanzees residing there, shrouded by a dense tropical rainforest and sustained by plentiful fig trees. Simmons, who was intrigued by the lack of scientific data about these animals, particularly their population size, reported: “They were not regularly observed, and it was estimated that there were about 30.”

The gorge had gained recognition due to ...


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