Mahale has one of the world's largest remaining populations of chimps. The M group (60 members currently) has been studied by Japanese researchers from the University of Kyoto since the early 1960's and this is currently considered to be the best place to observe chimps in the wild.
We had extarordinary viewing with the chimps very active and displaying lots of behaviour in close proximity to our group. I had the most intimate wildlife moment I have ever shared when a young male named Orion approached me directly. I was squatted down to take photos at eye level and he came and locked eyes with me with our faces about 1 foot apart and then he brushed his shoulder gently against mine as he passed! I was honored to be included in his world and touched deeply by the experience.
© Bill Given, The Wild Source