Common Chimpanzee
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The common chimpanzee can be found in West and Central Equatorial Africa. Some of the countries the chimpanzee is located in include Sierra Leone, Angola, Tanzania and Congo.


Like humans, the chimpanzee is omnivorous, meaning their diet consists of plants and animals. Some of the foods a chimpanzee will eat include seeds, fruits, leaves, bark, insects such as termites, and small prey. Chimpanzees will often use a twig as a tool to help them reach termites or ants in nests and have been seen using sticks to hunt other small mammals.


The chimpanzee inhabits tropical rainforest areas, low altitude forests, mountain forests and savanna forests in West and Central Equatorial Africa. The chimpanzee will spend time both in trees and on the ground, but will usually sleep in a tree where it will build a nest for the night.


Depending on whether the chimpanzee is in captivity or in the wild, it may weigh anywhere between 90 and 200 pounds. Males typically weigh more than females. The height of a chimpanzee will usually be between 2.5 - 3 feet.


Chimpanzees' gestation or pregnancy periods will last between 7.5 - 8 months. A chimpanzee will usually give birth to one infant but occasionally will give birth to twins.

Additional Notes

Chimpanzees are intelligent animals and have a complex behavior and communication system. Ham was a chimpanzee that was the first hominid to be launched into outer space. Project X is a 1987 science fiction movie about chimpanzees that are tested by the military. Chimpanzees are endangered due to habitat loss as well as being hunted for meat.