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Chimpanzee Facts

Pan troglodytes

 
Chimpanzees are the closest related creatures to humans having a DNA structure that is 98% similar to ours!
    
The top running speed of a chimpanzee is estimated at 40km/h (25 mph)
 
The collective noun for a group Chimpanzees is a 'CARTLOAD'.
 
Chimps are omnivorous feeding mainly on nuts, seeds, fruit. They enjoy eating termites and will also prey and smaller animals such as antelope, baboons and monkeys.
 
Of all the creatures in the world besides man, the chimpanzee makes the most use of tools.
 
Chimpanzees display many gestures similar to human beings such as kissing, tickling, shaking hands, holding hands, patting on the back and will even laugh while playing.
 
In captivity Chimps have be taught to communicate though ASL (American sign language).
 
Adult chimpanzees are very powerful, averaging five times the strength of a human.
 
When threatened by a predators such as leopard, chimps have been know to use sticks and branches as weapons by throwing them at the predator.
      
Most chimpanzees can't swim due to their heavy upper bodies that pull them head first under water.
 
In the early 1900's there was estimated as many as 2 million chimpanzees in the wild, today there are as few as 100 000 - 200 000 left over and still depleting.
 
In the wild their average lifespan is 40 - 50 years, in captivity they live up 60 years.
      
The oldest chimpanzee in captivity is a female called 'Little Mama', she is estimated to be 75 years old (2014) and lives in the Lion Country Safari Park in Florida.