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Friends, Foes, or Food: Among Cannibal Warrior Chimps

The group of chimps broke apart and sprinted down the hill. I ran after them. I heard a chorus of screams. When I caught up to them, they were in a pig-pile grappling over something.

Strange Chimp Behavior Alerts Researchers to Poachers

When poachers threaten the forest, researchers and wildlife rangers take action.

February 22, 2015: Discovering AIDS’ Animal Roots & Discovering Morocco’s Ancient Markets

This week on National Geographic Weekend, join host Boyd Matson and his guests as they dangle from a hot air balloon over pristine forest, walk from Russia across Australia, protect Italy’s wildlife in a national park, share a language with chimpanzees, document Alberta’s tar sands, track the evolution of HIV, climb China’s mountains and bird watch, visit Morocco’s ancient bazaars, and ski New England’s unusually deep powder.

Watch and Wonder as a Chimp Does His “Rain Dance”

Thunder shakes the air as Garrison, an elderly male, stands upright and begins to strut, grasping at branches with his hands and dragging them as he walks.

Chimpanzees and the Battle Over Human Nature

Were humans born to war? Or is warfare a recent, rare development in our history? Studies of chimps and early human civilizations give clues to the origins of this kind of violence.

“Teen” Chimps Searching for Themselves

Aaron Sandel is confronting the angst of entering adulthood, one day of data collection at a time—alongside his “colleague,” Benny. Who is Benny, you ask?

July 6, 2014 Show: Tracing Evolution Through Ape DNA and Chasing the Ebola Virus

As West Africa struggles with the largest known outbreak of Ebola, Dr. Peter Piot shares how he helped discover and describe the virus’ first known outbreak in 1976 Zaire. Also, geneticist Gil McVean studies the rates of genetic mutation in chimpanzee DNA compared to that of humans to try to determine the date of our last common ancestor.

April 13, 2014: Cutting Cake with Jane Goodall, Saving Sparrows with Photography and More

Every week, embark with host Boyd Matson on an exploration of the latest discoveries and interviews with some of the most fascinating people on the planet, on National Geographic Weekend. Please check listings near you to find the best way to listen to National Geographic Weekend on radio, or listen below! Hour 1 – Dr. Jane Goodall pioneered studies that sought to understand…

Award-Winning Animal Activist—Actress Charlotte Ross—Campaigns for Great Apes

Twice Emmy-nominated actress, singer and fitness guru Charlotte Ross has starred in over 12 Prime Time television series. She is most known for her regular starring roles on Daytime and Prime Time shows like Days of Our Lives and NYPD Blue and Glee. On the Big Screen, Charlotte has starred along side Nicholas Cage and…

New Surprising Video Shows Apes Swimming

A captive chimpanzee and orangutan take to the pool in the first documented video of apes swimming, a new study says.

Charging Chimps, Chasing Poachers, & Other Drama

On the heals of a poacher, chasing chimps doesn’t seem so hard.

Skeletons in the Forest: Life, Death, and the Dynamics of a National Park

The forces of the forest make searching for chimpanzees, alive or dead, a challenge.

How Big are Camera Shy Chimps? Measuring Body Size in the Forest

Even with high-tech methods, measuring body size in wild chimpanzees is difficult.

Chimps, Orangutans Have Human-Like Memory

Primates can quickly recall something learned three years before, suggesting that memories are not uniquely human, a new study says.

Searching for Chimps & Other Misadventures in an Ugandan Forest

Bee stings to the face, deadly serpents, and raging arson fires…no day is the same for a chimp researcher in Uganda.