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© James Kobacker

The magic of Mahale


Mahale Mountains National Park, on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in Tanzania, is a haven for wild chimpanzees. A thriving population of some of the last remaining wild chimpanzees in Africa calls Mahale their home, making it an eden paradise for these rare and special primates.


Chimpanzees, along with closely related cousins, bonobos, share a captivating title of 'closest human relative'. While the science continues to differ as to which species is actually the closest genetic relative to humans, here we'll take a look at some insights into the human-chimpanzee relationship from some thrilling encounters in their wild haven, Mahale.


To view this fascinating gallery of chimpanzees in their natural habitat in Mahale, click on the arrows next to each image.