Chimpanzee (Chimpanzees) are our closest cousins. We share about 98 percent of our genes. Like us, chimps are highly social animals, care for their offspring for years and can live to be over 50. Book a Chimpanzee tour now. Inquire

Chimpanzees are fascinating beings. This list of Chimpanzee facts contains information about chimpanzee social behavior and natural habitat, along with facts about chimpanzee protection efforts. Find out more information about Chimpanzee with Trek Gorilla Safaris. Top packages we offer are;

Chimpanzee Facts

  • Chimpanzees are our closest living relative because we share all but 1.4% of our DNA with chimps. Chimpanzees are more closely related to humans than to gorillas or orangutans.
  • Chimpanzee habitat has been severely depleted. Chimpanzees used to live in 25 countries throughout tropical Africa, in an area almost the size of the United States. Today, chimpanzees are extinct in five of those countries and endangered in five others.
  • Fifty years ago, there were probably a million chimpanzees living in Africa. Today, chimpanzees are an endangered species, with as few as 170,000 left in the wild.
  • Nearly 2,000 chimpanzees live in the United States. Approximately 850 chimpanzees live in research laboratories. About 250 chimps are located in accredited zoos, 600 live in sanctuaries, and 250 are in private hands, such as the entertainment industry, unaccredited “roadside” zoos, and the pet trade. For more information on where captive chimpanzees are living in the US, visit
  • In the wild, chimpanzees live in large groups of 15 to 120 individuals. They communicate with one another through a complex, subtle system of vocalizations, facial expressions, body postures, and gestures.
  • Chimpanzees in the wild have different cultures. That is, different groups of chimpanzees that live in different parts of Africa have unique behaviors, tools, and traditions that are passed down from generation to generation.
  • In their natural habitats, chimpanzees are known to use plants with medicinal value to self-medicate themselves.
  • The time a female chimpanzee is pregnant, known as the gestation period, is 230-260 days.
  • At birth, a chimpanzee weighs about four pounds and has a white tuft of fur on his/her rump.
  • Like human infants, newborn chimpanzees are entirely dependent on their mothers for warmth, protection, transportation, and nourishment.
  • In their natural habitat, chimpanzees nurse for 5 years. During this time, they learn what to eat and what to avoid by watching their mothers and other adult chimpanzees.
  • Chimpanzees begin wandering short distances from their mothers at about 8 months of age.
  • Chimpanzees enter adulthood at about 13 years of age. Chimpanzee mothers may enjoy life-long bonds with their adult sons and daughters.
  • Chimpanzees make and use tools, such as stones to crack nuts, twigs to probe for insects or honey, spears to hunt small mammals, and wads of crumbled leaves to sponge drinking water from hard-to-reach places.
  • Some chimpanzees have learned to “talk” using American Sign Language, symbols, and computer graphics. Some have even combined signs to come up with new words. When the famous sign language chimpanzee, Washoe, first saw a swan, she called it a “water bird.”
  • Chimpanzees, like humans, use facial expressions to convey emotions.
  • Chimpanzees have emotions similar to those we call joy, anger, grief, sorrow, pleasure, boredom, and depression. They also comfort and reassure one another by kissing and embracing.
  • Adult chimps are estimated to be at least twice as strong, and perhaps even seven times as strong, as humans. This trait is one of the reasons that people who have chimps as pets often end up giving their chimp to an organization like Save the Chimps.
  • Chimpanzees have 32 teeth.
  • Chimpanzees’ body temperature is the same as humans, at 98.6 degrees.
  • Standing upright on two legs, a chimpanzee may reach over 4 feet in height, and weigh more than 150 lbs.
  • Even though chimpanzees’ habitat is often near water, chimps cannot swim, due to the structure and density of their bodies.
  • A chimpanzee’s senses of sight, taste, and hearing are similar to those of humans.
  • Like humans, chimpanzees eat a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Chimpanzees not only have opposable thumbs, like humans, but they also have opposable big toes, so they can grab things with their hands and their feet.
  • While humans have blood types A, B, O, and AB, chimps have only A or O.
  • Many older captive chimpanzees suffer from cardiac disease and take the same medications that humans take for heart conditions.
  • Chimpanzees can live for more than 50 years. This is another reason why chimps who were purchased as pets often end up at sanctuaries.

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