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Scientist Jane Goodall studies the behavior of a chimpanzee during her research February 15, 1987 in Tanzania. | Penelope Breese/Liaison via Getty Images
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Chimp Civil War Observed by Jane Goodall Began With Tensions Between Three Males

The only civil war ever observed in wild chimpanzees was fueled by power, ambition, and jealousy, new research finds.

Humphrey was a top-ranking male chimpanzee in Gombe National Park, Tanzania, in the early 1970s and known for his frequent attacks on other chimps. Tensions between Humphrey and his southern rivals Charlie and Hugh may have triggered the only known civil war in wild chimpanzees, researchers say. | Geza Teleki
Hugh the chimpanzee | Geza Teleki