Chimpanzees

(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.

CHARACTERISTICS

Range
West, Central and East Africa

Habitat
Savanna to tropical rainforests,
at altitudes of up to 3,000 meters

Diet
Fruits, nuts, leaves, herbs and bark, insects, honey and eggs, even small monkeys and antelopes

Population
estimated 170,000 to 300,000

Size
up to 1,70 Meter

Weight
33 to 60 kg

Gestation period
7 to 8 Monate

 

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!

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...

...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?