The 4-Year War That Broke Out Between Two Groups Of Chimpanzees

A brutal four-year war took place in Tanzania in the 1970s, but you've probably never heard of it. The conflict was in Gombe Stream National Park, between two communities of chimpanzees. Famed researcher Jane Goodall had been studying the chimpanzees of the Gombe when she noticed a strange shift in behavior in the early 1970s. Friendliness was replaced by fighting, including violent attacks, deaths, and kidnappings. Goodall deemed the Gombe Chimpanzee War a true war because the aggression was so extreme and long-lasting. Researchers believe the death of senior male called Leakey sparked the split of the community, and that he seemed to have been a bridge between the northern and southern chimps. Observing this conflict, which is the only war ever observed between chimpanzees, exposed similarities between the ways chimpanzee and human societies break down. See a violent chimpanzee attack in the video below.

Watch A Violent Chimpanzee Attack

When chimps attack each other, watch out.

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Written by Curiosity Staff August 16, 2016

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