Chimpanzees are said to have had a common ancestor with humans that lived four to eight million years ago, chimpanzees share 98% DNA with humans making them close relatives together with gorillas and bonobos. Chimpanzees live in groups of 15-150 individuals composed of different families made up of 3-6 members , there are about 100,000-300,000 chimpanzees left in the world.
Chimpanzees are primarily omnivore’s animals that feed on entirely vegetation but can supplement their diet with eggs, termites, insects, ants, insects and even meat sometimes.
Chimpanzees are known for their use of tools, they can shape sticks and use for collecting termites, insects and insects, they can also dig grubs out of logs, use stones to break nuts and use leaves as sponges to soak up drinking water.
Female chimpanzees always reach sexual maturity before the males by the age of 13 years old while males mature at the age of 16 years old.
The gestation period for a female chimpanzee is 8 months and they can give birth any time of the year; the infants are weaned by their mothers and depend on breast milk until the age of about 3-4 years. Female chimpanzees give birth once in 5-6 years.
During grooming sessions, chimpanzees help with cleaning each other like removing of dead skins, parasites and so much more. if a chimpanzee wants to be groomed by another, they will communicate by smacking their lips.
Chimpanzees make nests where they spend the night from at around 7pm in the evening before dark.
Chimpanzees have a set of 32 teeth.
Chimpanzees can live up to 50 years of age, they have blood groups of A and O only.
Chimpanzee’s greatest predators are humans that hunt them for bush meat and they are also endangered due to habitat loss as humans continuously encroach their natural habitats.
The strength of adult chimpanzees is seven times that of a human being.
Chimpanzees can use sign language to convey a message.
An average lifespan of a chimpanzee is 40 years but some can survive up to 60 years of age in captivity.
In case of any disagreement between chimps, this can be patched up during the grooming session
Chimpanzees always walk on four legs, they can also stand up and walk straight occasionally.
Chimpanzees can contract diseases from humans like malaria, Ebola and cold.
The mating ritual between chimpanzees takes only about 10-15 seconds; they can also be doing something else like eating while mating.
Male chimpanzees don’t always leave the communities in which they were born from but females always move from their main communities when they grow.
Chimpanzees use many ways for communicating like using body postures, vocalizations, gestures and facial expressions, panting, drumming tree buttress, grunting, flicking and so much more.
Chimpanzees have much larger and developed brains unlike monkeys.
Chimpanzees also express their emotions, they can tickle and laugh with each other and if a chimpanzee is nervous or upset you can see their hair standing and there will be screaming and loud hoots.