Facts About Chimpanzees

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Chimpanzees are believed to be the closest living relatives to humans, sharing more than 98 percent of their genetic blueprint. It is considered that humans and chimpanzees have a common ancestor, too. Naturally, it lived millions of years ago. Chimpanzees are amazing animals, being intelligent, social and similar to humans in numerous ways.


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Here you can find some interesting facts about chimpanzees to learn more about this amazing species.

  • Chimpanzees commonly live in social communities. These communities are formed by several dozen animals.
  • Unlike many other animals, chimpanzees can walk and stand upright. However, they usually walk on all four legs.
  • These animals can easily climb trees and swing from branch to branch. They sleep in trees, as well.


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  • Chimpanzees feed with fruits and plants. However, they can also eat insects, eggs and meat.
  • They are able to use a series of tools to smash food. For instance, they use stones to smash nuts.
  • Chimpanzee females are able to give birth at any time of the year.
  • Females become adults at the age of 13, while males are considered adults at 16.


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  • These intelligent primates live in a variety of environments. They can be found in western and central Africa.
  • Chimpanzees have very long arms and a short body.
  • They are covered with black hair on most of their body.
  • Baby chimpanzees have pale skin and few hair.
  • These primates have a great sense of hearing, sight, smell, taste and touch, just as humans. 
  • Chimpanzees are capable of many expressions.


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  • Some chimpanzee adult females become bald.
  • One of the most curious things about chimpanzees is that their hands are very similar to the ones of humans. They have four long fingers and an opposable thumb.
  • These animals can easily learn extremely complex tasks.
  • Chimpanzees are active during the day.
  • They live in groups, being highly social animals.


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  • Young chimpanzees usually play a lot and learn numerous skills. They practice climbing, for instance.
  • Chimpanzees have a very complex communication system. These animals have different cries when trying to communicate different things. They also use gestures to show their emotions and needs.
  • Chimpanzees can live about 60 years in captivity. However, their lifespan in much reduced in the wild, where they usually live about 35 to 40 years. 
  • The number of chimpanzees that still exist into the wild is decreasing. These animals are vulnerable to a series of diseases and predators, too.


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Even though chimpanzees have always been considered to be closely related to humans, a new study indicates the opposite. The study released this month shows that there are key differences in brain development between chimpanzees and humans.

Here is a video you can watch to see exactly how these primates live:

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