Roberta Salmi

Roberta Salmi

Athens, GA

University of Georgia

Assistant Professor


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Published on Dec 17, 2016

Thank you!!

We did it!! Thanks to all of you that supported our project, we really did it! We reached our goal and now we are ready to start!!Really!!!! Thank you so much for your donation and for sharing our ...

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Published on Dec 07, 2016

About the gorillas at Zoo Atlanta!

The Zoo Atlanta hosts the largest gorilla collection! Gorillas there form 5 groups!! There is the "geriatric group" composed by  Ozzie (the silverback), Shamba and Choomba. These gorillas are very ...

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Published on Nov 27, 2016

Something about my wild friends: #2

I would never forget the time when I could recognize which gorilla was vocalizing behind a large bush...when you spend hours following gorillas and recording their vocalizations you become very awa...

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Published on Nov 25, 2016

Something about my wild friends: # 1

Before working at the Zoo Atlanta, I spent almost three years working in the rain forest of Central Africa. There I met my first gorillas, the ones that will stay always in my heart.It was 2003 whe...

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Published on Nov 25, 2016

Gorilla vocalizations...

Here are some examples of gorilla vocalizations: a calm male grunt (Attachment 1), grunts are calls exchanged at close distance between group members, and a female gorilla hoot (Attachment 2), hoot...

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Published on Nov 03, 2016

Gorilla vocal repertoire

The vocal repertoire of wild western gorillas includes at least 17 call types. Most common calls are single grunts, double grunts (similar to our sound when we clear our throat) and...

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Published on Nov 01, 2016

The origin of this project...

For my PhD I described the vocal repertoire and context behavior of wild western gorilla calls. They use at least 17 call types, some are exchanged between individuals at close distance whereas oth...

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Dec 05, 2016
Who’s there? Oh, it’s you! Vocal recognition in western gorillas
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I would say that generally they would be able to understand each other. The vocalization of primates (and apes among them) is quite fix, in contrast with those of some birds. However, we know from studies in different communities of chimpanzees that they might use some type of "dialects". We don't know much about gorillas yet. We began to study western gorillas not more than 10-15 years ago, there is so much we do not know! Thanks for your interest in our project!!
Nov 02, 2016
Who’s there? Oh, it’s you! Vocal recognition in western gorillas
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