Situated in the forest without any direct connection to a mud road that can be driven by a car, the South camp is reached only on foot (30 min from the Station CRE or 75 min from the North camp). In the 1980s the South camp became the base for the habituation of the second community of chimpanzees habituated in Taï, the South community. Our days the camp has expanded to be our largest camp and serves as the research camp for the South community and the geographic center of TCP.
When the habituation process started with the South group, hopes were high that the South group chimps were the neighbours to the North group. After several years into the habituation, however, in the early 1990s, it became clear that there was a community located in the between North and South group. The South group reached a lot of fame when they featured in the Disney Nature film ‘Chimpanzee’, which was filmed with the South camp as the base for the filming crew.
The Middle group, located in between South and North group, was habituated in the late 1990s, but is not followed on daily bases anymore.