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It has officially been 55 years since the day Dr. Jane Goodall set foot on the shore of what is now Gombe National Park in Tanzania. In the past 55 years, in her work at Gombe, Jane has witnessed chimpanzee behaviors that taught her how much like us they really are. From their use of tools, to the way they treat each other — the good and the bad — to how they have personalities, emotions, and strong social bonds, there are so many ways the research at Gombe has shown us how similar we are to our closest wild cousins in the animal kingdom.

Not convinced that chimpanzees are anything like humans? Well, then these 10 pictures from the chimpanzees of Gombe, and the Jane Goodall Institute’s Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center in the Republic of Congo certainly won’t convince you.

1. “This is good, take my picture.” Probably not something that you’ve ever said. 


2. “Ew, delete that.” This is definitely a chimp-specific reaction.

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 3. You don’t hug.


4. You would never do this. 

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5. Nope. Never been embarrassed by your parents. 

Mother chimpanzee with her infant at the Tchimpounga Sanctuary, Republic of Congo.AP0264-94 LR WM (young chimp in older chimps arms)

 6. You don’t eat like this. Especially not popcorn.

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7. Licking your fingers is a totally alien concept. 

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8. You’ve never “cleared the savannah” after a meal. 

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9. GROSS. This is definitely not something you ever do…like ever.

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10. Let’s face it, you just can’t relate.


…can you?

Infant Maria at the JGI Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center in the Republic of the Congo.


Dr. Goodall has seen chimpanzees display the full range of human emotions over her years of research at Gombe, from love and empathy to fear and sorrow. She’s seen them dance in awe of the rain and mourn the loss of their family, form friendships and comfort one another. These animals that are so like us are endangered and need our help. Join Dr. Goodall in celebrating 55 years of ongoing research at Gombe, and learn more about how you can support these amazing creatures.

Click here for more information on the 55th anniversary of Dr. Goodall’s research with the chimpanzees of Gombe.

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Liliana Gabet
2 Years Ago

Beautiful article, great work it is done with these darlings.
Am I wrong or they have fingerprints? At least I think so according to picture #7!!!
Thank you very much for all the information. Congratulations.


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