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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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: