Simian micronation discovered in the northern Democratic Republic of the Congo region

They call it a mega-culture or mega-society, but the scientists are biologists, not advanced political scientists. Otherwise, they would have realised that they have actually stumbled upon a simian micronation.

The words used to describe it by journalists or scientists are mega-culture or mega-society. However, a closer look at the phenomenon suggests that scientists of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, and of the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, may have actually stumbled upon a simian micronation.

Scientists have discovered a mega-society, an estimated several thousand-strong community of chimpanzees, in the northern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) region. The area is populated by Eastern chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii), as they are called, that inhabit remote Bili-Gangu forest, which is also infested with poachers and rogue militias.

Curiously, these chimpanzees feast on big cats and giant snails. Regular chimps, however, mainly eat fruit. They build nests on the ground, and patrol their territory. This too is odd behaviour for chimps.

Unique customs and behaviours across a vast area of 19,000 square miles were recorded by a series of motion-activated cameras. Gangs of males were seen patrolling their territory, and mothers showed their young how to use tools to eat swarming insects.

The population was surveyed in 2005, and again in 2012, and appears to have remained stable, unlike other great ape populations, in decline across much of their range. However, while the chimp numbers have apparently remained stable, the numbers of forest elephants have crashed by half due to poaching. The slaughter, which is fed by the highly lucrative illegal ivory trade, mirrors the bloody picture across central Africa, where two-thirds of all forest elephants have been killed in the last decade.

Scientists covered a total of 1,800 kilometres of reconnaissance walks to the north, and 500 kilometres to the south of the Uele River, as well as 160 kilometres of line transects in the Bili-Gangu forest, and discovered a population of chimpanzees numbering in the thousands. Even more remarkable and suggestive of a simian micronational culture, scientists found evidence of behavioral continuity that shows that the north and south groups — north and south of the Uele River, in the Bas-Uele District — may be culturally connected.

Yes, a simian micronation, and the Eastern chimpanzees also apparently follow Cyberterra Mean Time (CMT) directly as another, equally ingenious community of human micronations.


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