Western
Chimpanzee

Conservation Status:
Critically Endangered

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Population: Not known
  • Life span: 15 - 25 years in the wild (over 50 in captivity)
  • Weight: Males 103.5 lb (47 kg), females 92 lb (41.6 kg).
  • Height: Approx. 1 - 1.7m

Disgusting (and Interesting) Facts

  • Like humans, Chimpanzees may go partially bald later in life and develop grey hair.

  • Around the village of Bossou in the Central African country of Guinea, Chimpanzees have been observed feeding on cacao pods from human-cultivated plants. They’re after the sweet pulp rather than the seeds themselves which they either spit out straight away or swallow whole, in which case the seeds come out in the chimp’s faeces.

  • Western Chimpanzees have been observed predicting the movement of forest fires, using water to cool down on hot days, and regularly gathering in caves to socialize and sleep.

  • Western Chimpanzees are the only chimps that choose to live in Savanna Woodlands.

  • Chimpanzees communicate with each other using barks, hoots and grunts.

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