The mission of the Semliki Chimpanzee Project is twofold: to engage in research on the of chimpanzees at Semliki, and to preserve the population in perpetuity. Our team enters the forest daily to monitory the chimpanzees, to remove any poacher snares discovered in their habitat, and to gather data on their unique behavior. Although we focus on the community in the riverine forests of the Mugiri River, we aim to preserve all chimpanzees in the reserve. The chimpanzees of Semliki live in an unusually dry habita similar to that of early human ancestors. We hope to better understand ape and early hominin evolution, especially the evolution of bipedalism.