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Brutus, leader of the Gorge Chimps
Brutus is the leader of the chimpanzees trapped in the Kyambura Gorge, Uganda. He faces the daily struggle of surviving in the gorge as well as having to contend with unruly teenagers and takeover bids from other males. His main rival Hitari is a young and powerful male, but they must put their differences aside if they are to survive in the gorge.See Brutus in action
The Kyambura Gorge
For the chimps, this gorge is their refuge as well as their prison. Surrounded by savannah on either side and a marsh and human settlement at each end, there is little chance of escape. Heading through the banana plantations would lead to certain conflict with humans, but to escape across the savannah they must risk encounters with predators such as lions and leopards.What other animals live on the savannah?
Colobus monkey leaps to safety
Although they do not need meat in their diets, the chimps often hunt when there is plentiful food in the gorge and they have the energy to do so. Catching the monkeys requires teamwork as the Colobus are extremely nimble and the adults can give a nasty bite. This colobus adult is leaping between trees to evade the advancing chimps, but others are not so luckySee the chimps on a hunt
Baby chimp peaks through the canopy
In a twist of fate, the last babies born into the gorge family have all been males. There is now a big skew in the population with many more males to females. The family desperately needs more girls to be born and with two of the adults ready conceive, the hopes are high for new female arrivals.
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