Oumar the chimp

common nameconservation status
Common Chimpanzee Endangered (EN)
scientific namesize
 Pan troglodytes ♂ 0.9-1.2 m – (3-4 ft)
♀ 0.66-1 m (2-3.5 ft)
familyweigh
 Hominidae ♂ 35-70 kg (90-115 lb)
♀ 26-50 kg (57-110 lb)
orderlifespan
 Primates 35-40 years in the wild
class gestation period
 Mammalia 243 days
 population diet
 Around 300,000 individuals approximately They are omnivores. They eat fruits and leaves, but they can also eat insects, nuts, eggs… They even sometimes hunt monkeys and other small animals for their meat.
habitatrange
 Tropical rainforests and wet savannah West and central Africa. They used to live in around 25 countries throughout tropical Africa, but habitat loss has reduced its number to only 5.

Did you know...

1.

It is the animal most closely related genetically to humans. We share approximately 95% of our DNA and they are closer to us than other primates like gorillas and orangutans.

 

2.

They live in communities that range from 15 to 120 members. These communities, located far from each other, have unique behaviors, like tool usage or traditions, that are passed from one generation to the next.

 

3.

Chimpanzee mothers take care of their babies until they are 5 years old, teaching them all they need to know to survive. Then they start living as part of the community, but they are not considered adults until they are 13 years old.

 

4.

They have a range of emotions similar to ours. They use facial expressions to express emotions and they can feel happiness, pain, sadness, pleasure, boring and/or depression. They touch and hug each other, tickle and laugh.

 

5.

Chimpanzees can not swim due to the structure and density of their bodies.

 

6.

Despite having a smaller size, a chimpanzee can be stronger than a human and, even though they are peaceful animals, they can be dangerous in stressful situations.

7.

Chimpanzees have opposable thumbs and longer toes in their feet. They use them to grasp objects or food, like another set of hands.

 

8.

They sometimes use plants for medicinal purposes, like healing wounds and treating diseases.

 

9.

They mostly walk on all four limbs, but they can stand up and walk upright.

 

10.

They are mainly terrestrial, but also arboreal. They use their strong arms to cling to branches and move from one to the other.

 

11.

It is known that some chimpanzees can even die from depression, often from the sadness they feel at the loss of their mother.

 

12.

These animals have better short-term memory than humans.

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