Chimpanzee

Elvis the chimpanzee at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Species: Chimpanzee.

Scientific Name: Pan troglodytes.

Animal facts:

  • Chimpanzees are social animals and usually live in troops of between 25 and 80 individuals.
  • Chimpanzees reach sexual maturity at 8-10 years old and can mate at any time. Females usually mate when their previous offspring reach about 3 years old. The gestation period is 202-261 days.
  • In the wild chimpanzees live for 40-45 years.
  • They were the first animals, apart from humans, to be observed making and using tools.

Where they live: Africa, from Guinea to western Uganda and Tanzania.

Habitat: Forests and savannah country.

What they eat: Mainly fruit, but also leaves, buds, blossoms, bark, termites and occasionally other mammals.

Size: Males are approximately 1.7m high and females 1.3m. Both weigh 45-80kg.

Visit our chimpanzees at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Conservation Status
Endangered
Population
Decreasing
Order
Primates
Family
Hominidae