Sprinting After Chimpanzees in Kibale National Park, Uganda
Consider doing a few deep-knee bends as you wait in the moist dawn to begin tracking chimpanzees. You won’t be strolling along manicured paths this morning. Rather, it’s a full-on sprint through the rainforest’s brambles and tangles, chasing after tree-swinging, fig-gobbling primates. Don't be disappointed if you’re outpaced by the baboons racing beneath the trees to scarf up whatever drops. If you’re lucky, a chimp will come down to roam. Humans and these great apes share more than 98% DNA, so we exhibit similar ranges of motion. You might see chimp as toddler (licking, jumping, and generally just spazzing), chimp as thinker (huddled, with chin in hand or tucked to chest), or chimp as dreamer (ankle crossed at knee). You might see yourself.