Chimpanzee

Our Chimpanzee, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MA

Where to find the Chimpanzee (besides Southwick's Zoo in Mendon, MA!)
Chimpanzee Facts
Chimpanzee
Pan troglodytes

Type
Mammal
Life Span
Wild: 40-45 years
Captive: 60+ years
Size
2.5-4 feet
Average Weight
Female: 70-104 lbs
Male: 88-150 lbs
Group Name
Community
Group Size
20-60
Name of Young
Infant

Our Chimpanzee, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MAFacts

  • Chimpanzees are our closest relatives. Their DNA is 98% similar to ours.
  • Their social groups are called communities and are found in the rainforests and woodlands of Africa. They spend much of their time grooming and playing with each other.
  • They often walk on their knuckles, but they are capable of standing and walking on two legs. They are also efficient climbers and will build nests of leaves and sleep in trees.
  • Chimpanzees may hunt other animals such as small antelope or monkeys.
  • Chimps communicate in many ways, both vocally and visually through facial expressions. For example, a grin is often a sign of aggression. They may also swagger, swing their arms, or drum their hands against tree trunks.

Did You Know?

Chimpanzees use objects as tools. For example, they may use a reed or blade of grass to “fish” for insects by sticking it into a termite mound, or use stones to crack nuts. Baby chimps learn how to use tools by observing the adults.