Chimpanzees are highly intelligent mammals that can learn how to use tools, such as twigs, leaves and blades of grass to extract food and water. They also construct nests made of leaves and branches on tops of trees to avoid predators at night.Continue Reading
They have adapted a number of behavioral mechanisms in order to thrive in their native habitat. Mainly found in the rainforests, chimpanzees have been observed to use leaves as probes to eat termites and insects. They chew on leaves, spit the mushy ball and dip it in water, using the acquired absorbency as a way to drink and suck out more fluids. Chimpanzees can break the shells of nuts by cracking them open with a stone.
Though they are both terrestrial and arboreal animals, chimpanzees are most comfortable in the tops of the trees. At night, they build a nest for themselves on sturdy branches several feet from the ground to protect themselves from predators. They live in a fission-fusion group, which sometimes consists of more than 100 individuals. The groups are further divided into family units and every chimpanzee enjoys the constant association of the young and the old. Living together in a close-knit society enables them to intimidate predators and to closely control and protect their food sources.Learn more about Apes
As of 2014, 177,000 to 300,000 chimpanzees exist in the wild. The chimp population is decreasing as human activity degrades their primary habitat in equatorial Africa.Full Answer >
The different types of apes are gibbons, gorillas, orangutans, chimpanzees and bonobos, explains HowStuffWorks. In addition, due to recent discoveries in genetics, humans are usually listed in the classification of hominidae, or great apes.Full Answer >
Scientists and conservationists are taking a number of steps to help save chimpanzees, including listing them as endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, monitoring their population and habitat, prosecuting those who hunt chimpanzees illegally and protecting their habitat. Additionally, as the quality of life experienced by the local humans affects conservation efforts, many chimpanzee-oriented organizations are attempting to improve the lives of citizens who live alongside chimpanzees.Full Answer >
Monkey adaptations include their anatomy, behavior and use of tools. Specific adaptations depend on the species. For instance, capuchin monkeys, common chimpanzees, bonobos and orangutans all use tools. Chimpanzees use sticks to probe termites and scoop honey for food; they use rocks to crack nuts.Full Answer >