Found in Africa from Guinea to western Uganda and Tanzania.
Inhabit tropical rainforests and dense woodlands on the edge of savannah country.
Eats mainly fruit, but also leaves, buds, blossoms, bark resin, honey, termites and ants. Occasionally they hunt other mammals, especially monkeys.
Individuals are not sexually mature until they are 8-10 years old. Females will not mate until their previous offspring is about three years old.
- Interesting Facts
Chimps are believed to be our closest living relatives. They are capable of fashioning and using tools. They can catch many human diseases such as flu and malaria.
- Relationship to Humans
Relationship to Humans
Many chimps used to be caught for the pet trade and biomedical research. This has declined now due to public pressure. One of the greatest threats to these animals in the wild is habitat loss as rainforests are felled for timber and agriculture. But perhaps the biggest threat now is from the growing illegal trade in bush meat to supply the ‘fashionable’ demand for chimpanzee and gorilla meat.
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WELSH MOUNTAIN ZOO CHIMPS ID’s 2011
There are currently 11 chimps in the group. 5 males and 6 females. They can be identified by their different features and behaviour.