July 24, 2014

July 24, 2014

Family Time at Gombe

Photograph by Anup Shah and Fiona Rogers, National Geographic

The oldest chimp in Gombe and undisputed matriarch of the S family, Sparrow, a 56-year-old female (second from the right, looking up) and two generations of offspring enjoy a tight-knit grooming session. “Sparrow is a tough old bird,” observes Carson Murray, who followed her for several seasons. “She raises strong, competent daughters,” Murray says, “but her sons are mama’s boys.”

See more pictures from the August 2014 feature story "Gombe Family Album."

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