Champing

The common term for going out trekking in the jungle looking for Chimpanzee's is 'chimping' but recently our Pseudospondias Microcarpa (a big fruit tree) between our kitchen and office has started fruiting. So with the chimps in camp this evolves to 'Champing'.

The tree in question has very dense foliage and the fruit is mostly on the upper crown, which makes it tough to view the chimps, mostly giving one a stiff neck from tilting the head back and scouring the tree top.

But don't worry about your neck too much, as if you are lucky we will hear the chimps making their pant hoot racket on their way, giving us a chance to ready ourselves. Here Darwin makes his entrance into camp with a quick glance in at the kitchen before climbing into the upper branches. 

After feeding on the small oblong black fruits for some time, the chimps will descend. Hopefully after a good feeding they take some time for a bit of grooming and relaxing around the base of the tree in and around camp. Emory and Bonobo take a minute to check themselves outside our guides rooming. 

Sometimes the whole family comes in for a bit of dinner before retreating back into the jungle for a night in the tree top nests. Quanato with her daughter Quilt, who holds her yet named baby sister.

Once the activities are complete its time to move on to find some shade to rest in or find a suitable spot to spend the night. Teddy making his way along our service paths on his way out.

A speedy descent from our big tree makes it tough to get a clear image of our relatives on their way down, but occasionally someone will stop and pose before hitting the ground to carry on with their day. 

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