Like us, chimps laugh together, form social groups, and use tools to achieve goals. Chimps live for about 50 years in the wild and up to 60 years in ca.pti.vi.ty. Let’s discover the most remarkable facts about chimpanzees.
1. While chimpanzees aren’t big on swimming, they do enjoy an occasional ᴅɪᴘ
You’ll rarely see a chimp paddling about in the water as they don’t like to swim. Their low body ꜰᴀᴛ ratio causes them to s.ink and their top heavy body composition makes it difficult for them to keep their heads above water. However, some chimpanzees do enjoy a good sᴘʟᴀsʜ around in shallow water.
2. You can tell the difference between a chimpanzee and a monkey by looking at their backsides
Monkeys have tails but chimpanzees and other great apes do not.
3. So like us
Chimpanzees are our closest living non-human relatives. We share over 98% of our DNA. As many experts say we are 98% chimpanzee and chimpanzees are 98% human. This shared genetic make-up reveals itself in many physiological and behavioural traits that give us an incredible look into human evolutionary history.
4. They emulate desirable behavior
Social learning is common in chimps. They not only learn to make tools from one another, but also have been observed picking up fashion tips. In 2010, a Zambian chimpanzee named Julie stuck a stalk of grass in her ear for reasons that have not been determined. The rest of her group followed suit. A group of researchers observed the behavior, but did not find this to be a repetitive action, and couldn’t find a purpose for the ear accessory beyond that it must have looked nice to the other chimps.
5. Chimpanzees go to ᴡᴀʀ
Dr. Jane Goodall discovered that chimpanzees not only ꜰɪɢʜᴛ, but engage in a primitive form of ʙʀᴜᴛᴀʟ ᴡᴀʀfare. The first ever recorded long-term ᴡᴀʀ ʙʀᴏᴋᴇ out in 1974 and lasted for four years.
6. Chimps are handy with tools
One of Dr. Goodall’s earliest discoveries was that chimpanzees make and use tools. Jane observed a chimp named David Greybeard using a twig he had st.ri.p.p.ed of its leaves as a fishing rod to reach termites deep within their mounds. When he pulled it out of the mound, termites clung to the twig and David picked them off with his lips for a protein packed snack.
7. They ᴡᴀʀn Their Friends of ᴅᴀɴɢᴇʀ
Chimps live in ᴅᴀɴɢᴇʀous spaces, but fortunately they have each other’s backs. These great apes are known for ᴡᴀʀning their friends, but in a 2014 study, scientists discovered that chimps will adjust their ᴡᴀʀnings based on the information they perceive that the other chimps have about the ᴛʜʀᴇᴀᴛ. Chimps will make al.arming vocalizations and g.aze at a ᴛʜʀᴇᴀᴛ and then back at their group until other chimps take notice. If they believe another chimp is unaᴡᴀʀe, their vocalizations and gestures become more ᴜʀɢᴇɴᴛ. The study also found that chimps will give more ᴡᴀʀnings about ᴛʜʀᴇᴀᴛs to chimps who are relatives or friends.