For the last five decades Dr. Jane Goodall, JGI’s researchers and staff have been bringing us into the world of the chimpanzees of Gombe through their scientific exploration, ongoing behavioral research and perhaps most importantly, through the individual life stories of the chimpanzees that live there. These stories from Gombe have been a part of our lives for so long that this magical place has almost become mythical … until today.
Through an exciting partnership with Google Maps, Google Earth Outreach and Tanzania National Parks, today marks the launch of Gombe Street View, a unique interactive experience where you can “walk” the same trails Dr. Goodall has walked for more than fifty years, see some of the chimpanzees and learn about the Jane Goodall Institute’s ongoing research and conservation efforts.
JGI’s own Dr. Lilian Pintea, vice president of conservation science and Bill Wallauer, research videographer and wildlife cameraman with support from JGI’s Gombe Stream Research Center field researchers and Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) staff carried 40 pound backpacks with the same 15 lens camera used for recording Google Street View imagery around Gombe to capture the scenes.
According to Dr. Pintea, “Street View is a new tool in our toolbox of geospatial technologies that enables JGI and partners to monitor and share with the world what is happening with the chimpanzee habitats in Gombe. It complements high resolution satellite imagery, community forest monitoring using mobile technologies and field researchers’ data by providing a historic record on the ground with which everyone can relate.”
Throughout Gombe Street View, there are many stunning views to see. We’ve chosen our top five to give a taste of what this new and exciting technology shows. Everyone is encouraged to explore on their own and enjoy this new Gombe experience.