A lot of our understanding of aging comes from studying human societies, which share food extensively and care for the elderly, things that wild apes don’t do. So what does it mean to be an aging ape in the wild, who has to fend and forage for themselves?
Less than two years after the first report of wild chimpanzees in Uganda dying as a result of a human “common cold” virus, a new study has identified two other respiratory viruses of human origin in chimpanzee groups in the same forest.
Rachna Reddy was awarded a Leakey Foundation research grant during our spring 2016 cycle. Here we have a short story about a few of the chimps Rachna has been following in Kibale National Park, Uganda.