Q: What is a chimp?
A: Chimpanzees are part of the great ape family (not monkeys), along with gorillas, bonobos, orangutans and humans. They are native to Africa and are most notably known for their intelligence, tool-use and complex social structure.
Q: What is the natural diet of a chimp?
A: Chimpanzees are omnivores and spend almost half of their day eating. Their diet consists of fruits, seeds, vegetation, insects and meat. Meat is usually a small portion of their diet, but the amount of meat eaten seems to correlate with the time of year and therefore the availability of other foods.
Q: How do chimpanzees travel?
A: Chimpanzees are ‘knuckle walkers’, which means that they walk on all fours, using their knuckles for support. They travel as comfortably up high in the trees as they do on the ground. They can stand and walk upright, but knuckle-walking is most common.
Q: Where are chimpanzees naturally found?
A: Chimpanzees are currently found in 21 countries in Equatorial Africa. They are most commonly found in rainforests, but can also be found in other types of forests such as secondary regrowth forests, bamboo forests and swamp forests.
Q: How big is a chimp?
A: An infant chimpanzee is 3 to 4 pounds at birth and is fully dependent on its mother for the first several years of its life. They are not considered fully mature until they reach the age of 16. At that time, males are approximately 4 feet tall when they stand upright and can weigh 130-160 pounds. Females are smaller and stand approximately 3.5 feet tall and weigh 100-130 pounds.
Q: How do chimps communicate with one another?
A: Chimps have many different ways that they communicate with one another. The most common forms of expression are vocalizations, facial expressions and body language; but touch and ‘displays’ are also used.