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Chimpanzees are OMNIVORES, enjoying a varied diet consisting of fruits and plants. They also eat insects and meat.
Chimps are able to live in tropical, bamboo or swamp rainforests, woodlands and open savannahs across central Africa
Chimps are amongst the most intelligent animals on the planet. Like us, they have learned how to use tools to help them in various tasks, like using sticks to dig out termites for food.
Chimps are one of only a few species known to make and use tools
Chimpanzees are highly intelligent and social apes, and our closest living relatives!
Chimps each have individual features, just like we do, including skin colour, hair cover and facial shapes. They also have opposable thumbs and toes which they can use to grip tools, long arms for ‘knuckle walking’ and reaching, and extreme strength which helps them moving through canopies.
They live in large, complex social groups, which are essential for their ability to learn and develop. They’re entirely affected by the groups they line in, from where and what they eat, who they mate with and how much power they’ve got. They are led by an alpha male who controls the group, settling fights, choosing where to feed and having first choice of a female mate. Bonding is an important part of living within a group, and chimps bond by grooming each other, similarly to how humans shake hands or hug!
CHIMPANZEES ARE UNDER HUGE THREAT FROM HUMANS
Humans are destroying their habitats and hunting them for their meat. This is pushing chimps closer to extinction.
More chimps are HUNTED for the illegal bushmeat trade than are BORN each year, causing the population numbers to plummet in the wild. Not only is it illegal, but bushmeat is know to spread diseases like Ebola and HIV.
Chimp habitats have declined dramatically as humans are changing these habitats through farming, logging and mining. These changes can separate, or fragment, chimp population. Changing the land use makes it difficult for chimps to find each other, reducing genetic diversity and leading to fatal populations.
We’re working with Nigeria National Parks Service to conserve chimpanzee habitats.
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