Day 2 Highlights From Gombe 60 Symposium at the (IPS) Congress


International Primatological Society Congress – Quito, 9-15 January, 2022 

As proud collaborators of the Jane Goodall Institute’s Gombe Stream Research Center in Tanzania, Uganda’s Kibale Chimpanzee Project intersects with Gombe research methodology as the Project seeks to contribute to our understanding of primate behavioral diversity, human evolutionary ecology, and conservation. For the second day of presentations in honor of Gombe 60, Dr. Melissa Emery Thompson (University of New Mexico) shared more about the work on female chimpanzee life history.

In the mammalian world, female lactation constitutes a daily balancing act of caloric intake verses the energy costs. These costs are associated with producing enough milk for their infant to not only survive, but to also grow and develop into robust and healthy juveniles. This balance also has implications for a mother’s own health and survivorship, often dictating which individuals thrive as reproductive females, and those which cannot – thus refining a species’ evolutionary trajectory.

In this presentation, Dr. Thompson discusses the physiological costs and tradeoffs typically endured by reproductive females of other primate species and compares these to the chimpanzees of Kanyawara, in Kibale National Park. These data show some interesting trends in chimpanzee resilience to what was presumed to be a costly period for nursing mothers, and unlike other species, chimpanzee mothers in Kanyawara show certain physiological and behavioral abilities that challenge this presumption. Tune in to see how nursing chimpanzee females budget their time and resources to successfully raise their infants.

More Presentations Forthcoming

Over the next few weeks, JGI will provide a series of episodes from the IPS Gombe 60 symposium featuring current work at Gombe and in other chimpanzee populations. Speakers will emphasize how the early work at Gombe provided a methodological and conceptual foundation for their own work. Symposium participants will highlight recent advances in areas such as tool use, predation, reproductive strategies, infant development, inter-group aggression and conservation. Stay tuned for more!  

And in case you missed it, enjoy Dr. Goodall’s introduction to the conference below:

Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace giving opening remarks for the Gombe 60 Symposium at IPS 2022

About Author

Lilian Pintea brings thirty years of experience in applying satellite imagery and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to the job of conserving chimpanzees and their vanishing habitats in Africa. As Vice President of Conservation Science at the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI), Dr. Pintea and his team oversee science activities and functions at the Institute, supporting all programs and bringing targeted research, analysis, and technological innovation to support JGI’s mission. Lilian is passionate about unlocking the potential of science and innovative technologies to address the “last mile” challenges in conservation where local people make daily choices and decisions impacting the environment. He works closely with local communities, village, national governments, academia, other NGOs, and JGI staff in Africa to adopt and build capacity to integrate science and technologies with the local solutions and decision-making processes and tackle some of the hardest challenges in conservation, natural resource management, and climate change. Recognized as a pioneer in applying innovative geospatial technologies to conservation, Dr. Pintea has presented invited talks to numerous conferences. Dr. Pintea holds a Ph.D. in conservation biology from the University of Minnesota and a M.S. in zoology from Moscow State University, Russia. He is a former MacArthur Scholar of the MacArthur Interdisciplinary Program on Global Change, Sustainability, and Justice at the University of Minnesota, a former Fulbright Scholar at the Center for Remote Sensing at the University of Delaware, and a former UNESCO/Cousteau Fellow in Ecotechnie at the University of Bucharest, Romania. With frequent trips to the field in Sub-Saharan Africa, Dr. Pintea lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.