Pan troglodytes

Chimpanzees are regarded as humankind’s closest relative. They are especially skilled in their use of tools and are also perfectly adapted to climbing and moving between trees thanks to their long arms and fingers.

Really Handy!

Chimpanzees have prehensile feet. Thanks to a special big toe that's opposable like a thumb, they can do things like holding and opening fruit – meaning they can eat with their feet!


  • Origin

    Western, Central and Eastern Africa

  • Habitat

    tropical rainforests to savanna woodlands, at heights of up to 3,000 meters

  • Diet

    Fruit and nuts are their favourite food. In addition, they also eat leaves, herbs and bark, insects, honey and eggs and occasionally even small monkeys and antelopes.

  • Status

    estimated 170,000 to 300,000

  • Size

    up to 1.70 meters

  • Weight

    33 to 60 kg

  • Gestation period

    7 to 8 months

  • Achievable age

    approx. 40 years in the wild, 50 in human care

Threat Categories of IUCN

Skillful Fellows

Chimpanzees aren't just very communicative, they're also highly intelligent. They use tools to do things such as fishing for termites and ants from their nests or cracking nuts.

Did you know that ...

...chimpanzees live in large social communities of up to 80 animals,
...the females' striking backsides are a sign of fecundity
...and they are unusually aggressive towards unfamiliar members of the same species?

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Opening hours

Today, 28. November
9:00 - 16:30
Last admission: 15:30
Opening hours

Feedings & Trainings

  • Panda talk 11:00
  • Chimpanzees 13:30
  • Orangutans/Bonobos 13:30
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