Animal Class >> Ommivores


Chimpanzee is often shortened to chimp and is an endangered species. They live primarily in West, and Central Africa. Their faces are pinkish to black, and the apes' bodies are covered with long black hair. They lack a tail. Their opposable thumbs and toes help them grasp objects easily. They are quadrupedal, which means that they walk on all four limbs, although they can also walk upright (bipedal) for short distances. A full grown adult male chimpanzee can weigh from 35-70 kilograms (75-155 pounds) and stand 0.9-1.2 meters (3-4 feet) tall, while females usually weigh 26-50 kg (57-110 pounds) and stand 0.66-1 meters (2.0-3.5 feet) tall. It rarely live past the age of 40 in the wild, but have been known to reach the age of 60 in captivity.

Facts about Chimpanzees

  1. Chimpanzees are omnivores, meaning they eat both plants and animals-they feed on fruit, leaves, seeds, buds, bark, stems, insects, and occasionally the meat of small mammals such as young baboons.
  2. For the first few months of its life a baby chimp clings to the hair of its mother's belly as she travels with it everywhere. After that, young chimpanzees will spend the next seven to ten years at their mothers' sides learning how to groom, make nests in trees, find food, and use tools.
  3. In the wild a chimpanzee may live to be 50 years old and weigh up to 121 pounds (55 kilograms). They live in Africa's dense rain forests, open woodlands, and broad grasslands.
  4. No other animal uses so many different objects as tools. For instance, chimps often fish for termites using a long piece of grass. They also use stones and sticks as missiles or clubs, and in West Africa chimps use stones as hammers to open hard-shelled nuts.

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