Pictures, facts, and trivia about chimpanzees (Apes). Chimps are endangered.
Species: There are two species of Chimpanzee. A common Chimpanzee is a Pan Troglodyte, and consists of the subspecies Central Chimpanzee, Western, Nigeria-Cameroon, and the Eastern Chimpanzee. The other species is the Bonobo (Pan Paniscus), which is also known as a Pygmy Chimpanzee.
Weight & Size: Chimpanzees are about 4 ft tall. Males weight between 90 and 120 lbs and females weight between 60 and 110 lbs.
Lifespan: Chimpanzees live to be 40-50 in the wild, but have been known to live to 60 years old in captivity.
Habitat: The common Chimpanzee lives in West and Central Africa. They prefer dense tropical rainforest but can also be found in open savannah, bamboo forests, and swamps.
Family Life: Chimpanzees live in troops of about 50 chimps made up of multiple family groups. The troop is a heirarchical hunting society that is lead by one alpha male. The males remain in the troop that they were born into for their entire life, while females, beginning at adolescence, are allowed to move freely between troops, often times fueling conflict between troops.
Diet: Chimpanzees are omnivores, which means that they eat meat and vegetation. Though they primarily feed on fruits, nuts, seeds and insects, they will occasionally hunt and eat meat.
Chimps are ticklish just like people!
Chimps display certain levels of empathy and have been seen feeding other animals, such as turtles.
Young chimps stay with their mothers until they're 10 years old.
Chimps don't like water.