Aaron Sandel

The chimpanzees stopped. Silently, each mouth parted into a grimace, teeth and gums exposed. They turned to one another and embraced, arms around each other’s shoulders and backs. Then they ran. I bolted after them, hugging my binoculars to my chest, ducking under branches and wriggling my way through vines that grabbed at me. We came...

Gunshots pierced the silence of the forest. The shooters were not far away. Could they be poachers? But poachers don’t carry guns, I reminded myself. Not unless they are elephant poachers, which have become an increasing threat in Kibale National Park, Uganda. It was 5 p.m. and I was walking back to the Ngogo Research Camp...

There’s something comforting—almost nostalgic—about rain; the way it muffles other noises as it taps the street and drums the window. The accompanying odors of sweet grass and decaying leaves plastered to the sidewalk. I’m sure that at my university campus back home there’s also the smell of wet dog—probably due to all the drenched squirrels. I...

Aaron Sandel is an anthropologist following and studying the Ngogo chimpanzees of Uganda’s Kibale National Park. He is particularly interested in the formative stress and journey of transition to adulthood; hence, he finds himself in the company of “teenage” chimps who are undergoing those very trials. Benny, age 14, lay on his back, eyes gazing...

Young Explorer Aaron Sandel studies the largest community of wild chimpanzees ever observed. Trekking through the forests of Kibale National Park, Uganda, he is investigating different aspects of behavior and morphology, with a focus on development, dominance, and play. —— Chimpanzees are dramatic. Pant hoots, screams, charging displays. You would think something unusual was happening. Nope. Just...

Young Explorer Aaron Sandel studies the largest community of wild chimpanzees ever observed. Trekking through the forests of Kibale National Park, Uganda, he is investigating different aspects of behavior and morphology, with a focus on development, dominance, and play. —— Chimpanzees are dramatic. Pant hoots, screams, charging displays. You would think something unusual was happening. Nope. Just...

Young Explorer Aaron Sandel studies the largest community of wild chimpanzees ever observed. Trekking through the forests of Kibale National Park, Uganda, he is investigating different aspects of behavior and morphology, with a focus on development, dominance, and play. —— Chimpanzees are dramatic. Pant hoots, screams, charging displays. You would think something unusual was happening. Nope. Just...

Young Explorer Aaron Sandel studies the largest community of wild chimpanzees ever observed. Trekking through the forests of Kibale National Park, Uganda, he is investigating different aspects of behavior and morphology, with a focus on development, dominance, and play. —— On July 20th, I went to exhume the skeleton of a chimpanzee. On our way we came...

Young Explorer Aaron Sandel studies the largest community of wild chimpanzees ever observed. Trekking through the forests of Kibale National Park, Uganda, he is investigating different aspects of behavior and morphology, with a focus on development, dominance, and play. —— On July 20th, I went to exhume the skeleton of a chimpanzee. On our way we came...

Young Explorer Aaron Sandel studies the largest community of wild chimpanzees ever observed. Trekking through the forests of Kibale National Park, Uganda, he is investigating different aspects of behavior and morphology, with a focus on development, dominance, and play. —— On July 20th, I went to exhume the skeleton of a chimpanzee. On our way we came...

Young Explorer Aaron Sandel studies the largest community of wild chimpanzees ever observed. Trekking through the forests of Kibale National Park, Uganda, he is investigating different aspects of behavior and morphology, with a focus on development, dominance, and play. ——- How big are chimpanzees? If you are a red colobus monkey, or me—sitting amongst 15...

Young Explorer Aaron Sandel studies the largest community of wild chimpanzees ever observed. Trekking through the forests of Kibale National Park, Uganda, he is investigating different aspects of behavior and morphology, with a focus on development, dominance, and play. ——- How big are chimpanzees? If you are a red colobus monkey, or me—sitting amongst 15...

Young Explorer Aaron Sandel studies the largest community of wild chimpanzees ever observed. Trekking through the forests of Kibale National Park, Uganda, he is investigating different aspects of behavior and morphology, with a focus on development, dominance, and play. ——- A bee sting to the face, a snake that might have been a forest cobra...

Young Explorer Aaron Sandel studies the largest community of wild chimpanzees ever observed. Trekking through the forests of Kibale National Park, Uganda, he is investigating different aspects of behavior and morphology, with a focus on development, dominance, and play. ——- A bee sting to the face, a snake that might have been a forest cobra...

Young Explorer Aaron Sandel studies the largest community of wild chimpanzees ever observed. Trekking through the forests of Kibale National Park, Uganda, he is investigating different aspects of behavior and morphology, with a focus on development, dominance, and play. ——- A bee sting to the face, a snake that might have been a forest cobra...