Since Chimpanzees (also called chimps) are the closest living relative to
humans, it is fitting that they have their own category in Facts About Intelligent
Animals. The reason why so many kids love seeing them at the zoo is partly because of
their likeness to humans. When Jane Goodall, who was a British anthropologist, went to
study Chimpanzees in Tanzania where they live, she made an important discovery. What she
found was that they are one of only a few animal species that are able to use tools. Read
on to learn more interesting facts and information about Chimpanzees written for kids and adults.
Chimpanzee Interesting Intelligence Facts
Chimpanzees have a lot in common with humans, in fact 96 percent of our DNA is found in Chimpanzees.
Studies show that Chimpanzees are able to exhibit altruism, a trait not typically found
outside the human race. They are known to share things like food with other groups of
chimps and even other species of animals as well as take care of chimps that are not
biologically their own.
The Chimpanzees strong cognitive abilities enable them to learn sign language in a
To communicate with one another, Chimpanzees use a complex system of vocalizations, body
language, human-like facial expressions, and hand gestures. They even exhibit a laughter
vocalization, somewhat similar to humans.
Chimpanzee Interesting General Facts
There are two different species of Chimpanzees on earth, the Common Chimpanzee and the
smaller Bonobo or Pygmy Chimpanzee. Broken down even further, there are four distinct
Chimpanzees have many similarities to humans including their sense of sight, hearing and
taste, their ability to walk upright, their ability to feel a variety of emotions, and
even certain blood types are the same.
Chimpanzees are native to Africa. They live mostly in African rainforests but sometimes
inhabit the grassy African plains as well.
Chimpanzees live in groups called communities of anywhere from 15 to upwards of 120
chimps with a designated alpha male as the leader.
Chimpanzees are an endangered species. It is estimated that no more than 300,000
Chimpanzees are living in Africa today. This figure is down a shocking 90 percent from just
twenty years ago.
Chimps use tools to make nests up in the trees where they rest and eat during the day and sleep at night.
Like a human baby, the Chimpanzee baby is very dependent on the mother for several years. Baby chimps need their mothers around for a minimum of five years.
Because baby chimps require so much time and energy from their mothers, most females will not have a baby more frequently than once every five years for a total of
between 4-6 offspring during her life.
Chimpanzees are mainly omnivorous, with fruits and plants being the main staples of their
diet, but they do also eat insects, eggs and other small animals.
Chimpanzees can live a long life. In the wild they can live up to 50 years while in
captivity they can live well into their sixties.