Gombe Masito Ugalla

Its 16,584 km2 are spread along the northern coast of Lake Tanganyika (Tanzania), which is the second largest globally and accounts for 16% of the world’s available freshwater.

This escarpment of the Rift Valley, complete with diverse vegetation and unique fauna, is home to the largest chimpanzee community in Tanzania. Here, the Ha people are committed to conservation. They develop their livelihoods and raise environmental awareness to preserve this African lung, which still breathes the legacy of the primatologist Jane Goodall.

Want to know more about Jane Goodall's work and the story of Emmanuel Anthony Kilugala? Listen to the podcast!

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Listen to the podcast to learn about the work of Jane Goodall at the Masito Ugalla Biosphere Reserve.

bird species have been recorded in the region.


of chimpanzees in Tanzania live in Gombe Masito Ugalla.

The Ha people

In their cosmogony, the Ha people have inhabited this region since the world was created. Their strong spiritual connection and knowledge of the forest, especially medicinal plants, have led them to play a major role in the biosphere reserve.


Our closest relative, the chimp

In the 1960s, researcher Jane Goodall moved to the area to study the behaviour of chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). She found out that not only do they have a personality, until then only thought specific to humans, but they also use rational thought and experience emotions like joy and sorrow.


Traditional beekeeping

Honey and beeswax have been produced in the area for thousands of years, with hives made out of hollowed logs or tree bark. Lately, beekeeping has been promoted as a means to prevent deforestation and for local communities to increase their income.