Chimpanzees are, along with bonobos, our closest living relatives.

They live in complex communities in forests and woodland in about 20 African countries, but their numbers are declining over most of their range. They are thought to have become extinct recently in Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Burkina Faso, Togo and Benin.



Species Info

  • 1925
    Study by Köhler concludes that "Chimpanzees manifest intelligent behaviour of the general kind familiar in human beings"
  • 1960
    Jane Goodall observes the use of tools amongst Chimpanzees
  • 1961
    Ham the Astrochimp launched into outer space
  • 1973
    Research finds 99% identical DNA between humans & chimpanzees
  • 2005
    Chimpanzee Genome sequenced


Learn more about the Chimpanzee's habitat by watching Earth's Green Heart - Africa.

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