Shanequa Harrison
Chimpanzee

Fun Facts !

1. Chimpanzees are one of our closest living relatives. In fact, humans and chimpanzees share 95 to 98 percent of the same DNA!

2. In captivity, chimpanzees can be taught human sign languages such as ASL (American Sign Language).

3. Chimpanzees are knuckle walkers, which means they walk on all fours using their knuckles for support when they are on the ground or even when they are up in trees.

Taxonomy of an Chimpanzee

Humans and Chimpanzees are in the same kingdom, phylum, class, order, and family. This meaning that they are both animals who possess backbones, are endothermic (can maintain their own body temperature) and have mammary glands as well as hair or fur. They are both primates which includes all primate species, and are in the same family which includes all of the great apes including chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas, and orangutans. Humans and chimpanzees only differ in their genus and species, which simply means that humans and chimpanzees are not exactly identical in all characteristics, but that they are exceedingly similar in many ways.

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Primates
  • Family: Hominidae
  • Subfamily: Homininae
  • Tribe: Panini
  • Genus: Pan


  • FACT FILE:
  • Swahili Name:Sokwe Mtu
  • Scientific Name:Pan troglodytes
  • Size:3 to 41/2 feet tall standing bipedal
  • Weight:55 to 110 pounds
  • Lifespan:50 years
  • Habitat:Forest
  • Diet:Omnivorous forager
  • Gestation:8 months
  • Predators:Humans, leopards

where are chimpanzees found ?

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