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.


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:

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A Monkey’s Life

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The branches shake and dark objects scatter across the treetops. If you are standing in the tropical forest you probably just heard monkeys over your head. Agile and acrobatic, monkeys easily leap through the forest but are often difficult to see and study. Most monkeys live in tropical regions in the Americas, Africa and Asia and spend much of their lives in treetops.

Like other primates, they have large brains, grasping hands and include species such as lemurs, apes, and humans. They are also very intelligent, and curious like all of us, have forward facing eyes for great depth perception.

Old World and New World Monkeys

Monkeys are basically divided into two main groups: Old World and New World Monkeys. These groups have been evolving independently and have adapted themselves to their habitat.

1. Old World Monkeys, such as mandrills and baboons are native to Africa and Asia. OId World monkeys live in a variety of different habitats, from grasslands to rainforests to snowy mountain peaks. The main physical features of the Old World Monkeys include:

  • curved nostrils that are really close together;
  • cheek pouches for storing food;
  • sitting pads on their rears;
  • tails that cannot grasp limbs and trees.


2. New World Monkeys live in South and Central America as well as Mexico, mostly in the trees of the tropical rainforests. In general, New World monkeys have:

  • nostrils that are far apart;
  • no cheek pouches;
  • no sitting pads on their rears;
  • prehensile tails, which can firmly grasp limbs and trees.



Monkeys communicate with hand gestures, facial expressions, and noises called vocalisations. Vocalisations can be quite complex and are often used to warn other monkeys or predators. Mother monkeys can distinguish the vocalisations of their own infants from other babies.

Staring is thought to be a threat in monkey communities. Staring is often followed by looking away if confrontation is to be avoided. Showing off teeth is often also interpreted as a threat. The video below, taken from a BBC documentary, shows the way monkeys communicate, as well how the leader of the group deals with interior conflict and threats. 

Monkeys’ Habitat Threatened


Perhaps one of the greatest threat monkeys are facing today are not the fierce predators, but the fact they are losing ground, and consequently their habitat. Often, the building of the roads and massive deforestation destroys the areas monkeys use as homes. By focusing on environmental education and preserving habitats, as well as making laws to protect the monkeys, they may be spared from extinction.

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All You Need To Know About Monkeys

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Monkeys are cute, intelligent and lovable animals. Both children and adults adore them and actually many people keep monkeys into their homes as pets. There are many species of monkeys in the world today, about 264 being known until now. Most of them live in South America, Asia and Africa.


Monkeys, as well as gorillas, are part of the primate family. Different species have different characteristics, sizes, color, location and abilities. However, all monkeys are known to be able to communicate with each other. Studies have shown that they have different communication rituals performed when sensing danger, when calling a mate, but also when communicating with their young ones. They offer great care to their young ones and are really smart.

Here are some interesting facts about monkeys.

  • Monkeys are commonly included with Apes. However, the two species are very different. The main difference between them is that Apes have no tail. Apes are not part of the monkeys family.
  • They are usually divided into the New World and the Old World Monkeys.
  • Their sizes can vary a lot depending on the species, meaning that they can either be vary small or very large.
  • They have opposable thumbs, which help them when climbing.
  • Their fingers are much similar to the ones of humans and monkeys actually have fingerprints, too. 
  • A monkey was convicted for smoking a cigarette in Indiana.


  • The Pygmy Marmoset is the smallest monkey in the world, while the Mandrill is the largest one.
  • These animals feed with both plants and small animals. Some species actually eat dirt, too. Their usual diet includes fruits, grass, leaves, eggs and insects.
  • Monkeys peel their bananas before eating.
  • The South American Titi is one of the rarest monkey species. They are monogamous, meaning that they mate for life and become distressed when separated. They remain close to each other, showing their affection.


  • The loudest monkey can be heard from a distance of two to three miles. 
  • Howler monkeys spend more than 80 percent of their time resting. 
  • Most monkeys do not like to be touched.
  • They are great swimmers.
  • They can show love, anger, sadness or mourn. They also use body movement to communicate.
  • Most monkeys have a large brain, this being the reason why they are believed to be smarter than any other type of primates.
  • Monkeys make peace with each other and show affection by grooming. Grooming is a form of keeping their fur clean, but also of bonding.

  • Monkeys are actually worshiped in India.
  • The most common diseases diagnosed in monkeys are tuberculosis, simian herpes B and hepatitis infections. Most primates carry these diseases.
  • In some parts of the world, including Southeast Asia and Africa, monkey brains are eaten, being considered a delicacy.
  • Monkeys are among the most used animals in experiments, due to their physical and psychological similarity to humans. 
  • They live in tress, grasslands, mountains and forests.

There are many other interesting facts about monkeys you should know. These animals are very curious and they are today considered to be exotic pets. Still, in some countries, keeping these animals as pets is illegal. When monkeys are kept in captivity, they have to be entertained otherwise they can become really destructive.

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The Risks Of Keeping Monkeys As Pets

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Monkeys can really be fascinating animals. They are smart and cute and you can easily connect with them. A monkey can be dressed, carried around and pet just like any other type of adorable pet. Thousands of people in the United States, but not only, keep such pets into their homes and they are surely finding their companions as really beautiful. If you are also thinking about taking a monkey in as a pet you should know that this can really be a great idea. However, you will have to be careful at some important aspects. A baby monkey can seem harmless, but you have to be very careful as the pets can become aggressive when reaching sexual maturity.

A monkey can easily develop a wide range of conditions when being kept as a pet. This is why it is very important to schedule regular visits at the vet, to make sure that your pet is healthy. This aspect is even more important when talking about families with children who are allowed to play with the monkey. Zoonotic diseases are considered to be the main risk of keeping a monkey into your home, as well as cold sores, herpes B and other kind of viruses. The monkey is not by nature an animal who can easily adapt to life in a home in which it will never have the possibility to interact with other animals. This is why specialists claim that the animal can become mentally disturbed and an increased level of care should be offered to it. Another important thing you should be aware of is that the animals commonly are quite messy and it takes time for them to be educated.

So, even though monkeys are highly intelligent, emotionally complex and long-lived animals, they need to grow in natural environments around other animals, as otherwise they can turn out being self-destructive. Testing the pet before taking it into your home and making sure that it has been properly vaccinated may be a good idea in being certain that it will not carry any kind of viruses or diseases. With the proper education, risks can be much reduced, as when the animals are educated and taken care of, the chances of developing an aggressive behavior are going to be really low. Still, not all monkeys can become pets, so you should choose a small-sized animal.

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Monkeys And Humans

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As technology advanced and lots of new research projects take place, many animals are used for tests. One of the most tested animals are monkeys. Monkeys have been subjected to many experiments, concerning animal protection associations in the entire world. Monkeys are tested to discover new things about diseases, but also for testing different products or theories. After a pill has been invented, the next step is testing it and observing the side effects. As monkeys are so similar to humans, they are used for this purpose, as well. Monkeys are infected with several viruses of different severe or incurable diseases. To some extent, this is useful because this is the way and the chance that we have to discover a lot of interesting things and maybe one day, we will be able to find the cure for AIDS or other incurable diseases.

Monkeys are not endangered only because they are subjected to a lot of laboratory experiments, but their habitat has been compromised. Industry has developed, as well as real estate market. A lot of buildings and factories are built and many areas are deforested. Additionally, pollution is also a huge problem. The results are devastating: there is not enough food and plants to protect the monkeys and their babies.

Monkeys are very interesting animals. Nonetheless, there are still a lot of things to find out about them, but this doesn’t mean that they have to be tested so much.  These incredible and smart animals are in danger, but we can still do a lot for them. Stopping massive deforestation is a solution, as well as keeping the air clean. This is available for the next generations, so parents have to explain their children that monkeys need our help, as well as other animals. In case we don’t want them to disappear, we have to fight for that. The same thing many associations try to do, but when there are so many material interests, it’s difficult to succeed. If not, we will not have the opportunity to admire them in the zoos or in the wild, which is very sad.

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Monkeys Used in Medicine and Experiments

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According to evolutionist Charles Darwin, monkeys and humans have a common ancestor they evolved from. This is perhaps one of the reasons monkeys and humans have so many things in common, from the look to certain aspects of their behaviour. Scientists have studied the behaviour of monkeys, especially in chimpanzees and gorillas and have came to the conclusion that they share more than 98 percent of the human genetic code. They are highly intelligent and social beings who have their own language and their distinct cultures. This particular species of monkeys use tools, teach their young, plan for the future and make moral choices.

Monkeys held in captivity have been taught American Sign Language and their proficiency shows that they can understand and use abstract symbols in their communication. Researchers have also proven that the line that separates monkeys from humans and from the rest of the kingdom has been arbitrarily drawn. Researchers and doctors have also used monkeys in developing communication skills in children. It is a proven fact that chimpanzees can pass on these acquired skills onto their children.

Unfortunately, there are many monkeys that have been used for all kinds of experiments. There are many organisations and associations that struggle to put an end to these experiments. Chimpanzees are used today predominantly in infectious disease experiments, most commonly hepatitis and AIDS. Once infected with the virus, these monkeys often remain isolated from other chimpanzees and confined indoors for life.

Today, there are many projects that support freeing monkeys held in captivity or using them in medical assistance. Some organisations, train capuchin monkeys as monkey helpers to assist quadriplegics and other people with severe spinal chord injuries or mobility impairments. After being socialised in a human home as infants, monkeys undergo extensive training before being placed with a quadriplegic. Around the house, monkeys are trained to perform daily tasks such as heating the food in the microwaves, washing the face of the patient and opening drink bottles. Be that as it may, monkeys are animals and should live in their own natural habitat. 

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Monkeys and Mythology

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It is a known fact that animals have always played an important part in the mythology of different cultures. And monkeys make no exception. Monkeys are regarded differently by the cultures of the world, but they exist in most mythologies. Believe it or not, monkeys had an important role in the mythology of some nations, such as India, Ancient Egypt, or Polynesia, where they are deified. The Buddhism religion is very well known for the symbol of the three senseless monkeys, who cannot hear, cannot speak, and cannot see. This legend is known worldwide.

Also known as the three wise monkeys or the three mystic apes, this legend is a pictorial maxim. One of the monkeys is Mizaru and he is portrayed with his hands covering his eyes. The second monkey is Kikazuru, the one covering his ears. The other one is Iwazuru, the one covering his mouth. It is said that these monkeys are the embodiment of the famous proverb “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil”. In some versions of the story, a fourth monkey is present, named Shizaru, symbolizing the principle “do no evil”, by crossing his arms. The meaning of the three monkeys can differ from culture to culture, as there have been numerous variations and interpretations to this story. However, the Japanese culture is the most fond of the three monkeys story, since the Japanese people actually worship them.

Buddhism also regards the monkey as an early incarnation of Buddha. On the other side, the same Buddhist religion may depict monkeys as being tricky, ugly and deceiving. There is also a Chinese Buddhist metaphor, “mind monkey”, which applies to those people who are restless and unsettled. In the ancient Peru culture, the Moche people were very fond of animals, as they were true nature worshipers. This is why monkeys were often depicted in their artworks. In the Roman an ancient Greek mythology, monkeys were always accompanying the god of fire, Hephaestus (also known as Vulcanus). The Mayans from Guatemala and Mexico also worshiped a howler monkey god, depicted as patron of the arts.

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Monkeys Are Endangered

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Monkeys are mammals, very similar to humans, evolution theories saying that humans evolved from these animals. Monkeys live in groups, this way they are stronger and able to fight against their enemies. These cute and intelligent animals were endangered and still are, as they are used in laboratories for tests and experiments, but the worst part is that many of them die after that. It is true that this meant important discoveries for us, but what about these creatures? Monkeys are also used at circus where they are trained and participate in shows where people come to watch these creatures doing a lot of funny things. Although monkeys are adored by so many people, perhaps the cutest are monkeys babies, which are so nice and funny. Both adults and children love them.

The sad part is that there are not so many monkeys in the wild, and also few in captivity, at the zoo. It is an opportunity for us to see them, but it would be better if we could do something to know they are safe and we are not destroying their habitat anymore. This happens very often as we deforest large areas to built factories, roads or even houses. The consequences are devastating for monkeys as they do not have any food, no shelter to hide from enemies and to raise their babies. The same thing happens with many other animals, so perhaps teaching our children to protect animals and to fight against irrational deforesting, we will not be the last ones to watch monkeys in the zoo.

There are many countries where monkeys  are confronted with such problems, but these countries are too poor to solve that, so it is required the help of stronger and richer countries, on a global level, to ensure that these wonderful creatures are safe and will not be another extinct animal species. If monkeys problem will be solved, we will have the great chance to admire them many years from now on. The difference will be that they will be more in the wild than in the zoos.

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Interesting Facts To Know About Monkeys

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Monkeys are some of the most interesting species of animals that exist in the world. There are numerous curious things about monkeys that should be known by all of us and there is no way you are not going to be amazed by these incredible animals. Here are some very interesting facts about monkeys. So, in the world there are numerous species of monkeys. These animals can be found in many countries, but the characteristics of the species will most likely differ from one region to another.

Monkeys never stop growing, so throughout their entire life period, these animals will continue their growing process. Monkeys never catch a cold and they most commonly live in groups. The yawing specific to monkeys means that the animals are upset or tired. These animals are usually traveling in groups in the search for food, which includes both meat and vegetables or fruits. Their home is usually set in trees, mountains, but also high plants and forests. One of the most curious facts about monkeys is that, unlike many species of animals, the can breed at any time during the year. Monkeys can easily communicate through body language, as they have facial expressions and movements that can be quite meaningful.

Nowadays, there are two general species of monkeys known in the world. They are The Old World monkeys and the New World ones. If you had no idea which is the main difference between monkeys and apes, you should know that apes have no tails. The largest money in the world is Mandrill, the male monkey having about 3.3 feet long, weighting 77 pounds. The smallest money known today is Pygmy Marmoset. Still, probably the most interesting aspect about monkeys is that they have constantly been related to humans. Monkeys are also the subject of controversy, as to due their similarity to humans, they are the animals most commonly used in labs for tests and new researches. The tests made on these animals and their abuse in labs had also inspired many movies, one of the most popular such movies being the Plant of the Apes, which turned out to be quite a big success. 

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Famous Monkeys

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Monkeys are really interesting and extremely intelligent, which is probably why they have been featured in so many films over the years. Regardless of the species, these animals of all kinds, shapes, sizes and ages, have had a major impact in the development of film making revolving around animal kinds. The monkeys that appeared in entertainment so far, have been made famous by the films they were in, music videos, famous owners or as fictional characters.

One of the famous monkeys in the entertainment business was Bubbles, Michael Jackson’s chimp, who lived on the Neverland Ranch. Bubbles always appeared in images dressed, as all stereotypes picture monkeys, in a diaper. The weird thing about this particular one was that it was performing house duties and chores. Another example of one of the most famous monkeys of all times, is the fictional character called Curious George. This animated monkey appeared for the first time in 1941, in the cartoons designed by Hans Augusto Rey and Margaret Ray. Curious George made a great impact in the formation of the children of those times, constructing an image that showed monkeys, not only as a curious species, but also as an intuitive and intelligent one. In cinematographic productions, one of the most well-known monkeys of our times is Jack, the little pirate monkey from Pirates of the Caribbean. It has created a huge image around small species of monkeys and their use in films as a character to be watched and kept in mind. Jack appeared as the pet animal of captain Hector Barbossa, played by Geoffrey Rush, named this way in order to mock captain Jack Sparrow, the character played by Johnny Depp.

Other famous monkeys in all sorts of entertainment means are: Nkima (Tarzan), Abu (Alladin),  Buddhist Monkey (Happy Tree Friends), I. R. Baboon (I Am Weasel), Mojo Jojo (The Powerpuff Girls), Nikko (Wizard of Oz), Spike (Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls), Monkey (The Hangover Part II) and many more.   

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