Chimpanzee: A primate living in central Africa

Scientific Classification:

Kingdom: Animalia

Sub-training: Eumetazoa

Philo: Chordata

Subphylum: Vertebrata

Class: Mammalia

Subclass: Theria

Order: Primates

Suborder: Haplorrhini

Family: Hominidae

Subfamily: Homininae

Tribe: Hominini

Subtribe: Panina

Genre: Pan

Main information and features:

- Chimpanzees live in central Africa.

- Measures between 75 cm and 95 cm.

- The weight of chimpanzees varies between 30 and 55 kg.

- Chimps feed on bird fruits and eggs.

- Female's gestation lasts between 230 and 240 days. Since the litter is from a calf.

- Stay the first three years of life living together with the mother. In this period they guarantee protection as well as learning.

- A healthy chimpanzee lives on average 20 years.

- They have black coat on much of their body. The face, palms and feet and ears are not hairy.

- Chimps use sounds and gestures to communicate with other animals of their species.

- Have above average intelligence of other animals. They are also very sociable.

They sleep at night, in nests that build with branches and leaves on top of tree trunks.

Chimpanzee Trivia:

- They often use bones and stones to break objects such as hard shells.

- They can walk upright like humans.

Unfortunately, the chimpanzee is an endangered species. This is because it is much targeted by hunters who sell their meat for human consumption.