Lately, people enter forests where chimpanzees live. The Chimpanzees have been getting sick from people's diseases. In addition, people are hunting the chimpanzees. Their numbers are becoming fewer and fewer.
Body length: Male Approx. 85cm / Female Approx. 78cm
Weight: Male 40-60kg / Female 32-47kg
(Source: Doubutsu Sekai-isan* Red Data Animals Kodansha) (*World Animal Heritage)
Chimpanzees live in the plains and forests of Africa.
They eat many kinds of food from plant leaves and seeds, to insects and even other small animals. Chimpanzee's favorite food is fruit.
They are very clever, and can use tools well. They can catch bugs using sticks, and crack nuts using rocks.
They catch people's diseases?
The world's forests are much smaller than they were before. Roads were built in the deep forest, and now people enter forests where Chimpanzees live. So, there are many problems. One problem for the Chimpanzees is that they can catch people's diseases and die. Chimpanzees are much closer to people than with monkeys.
People can come and go when they want. Hunting is on the rise.
As forests become easier for people to enter, hunting increases. Young Chimpanzees are caught to be pets or for scientific research. The young ones are taken away from the forests, and whole groups of adults are killed. Preservation actions are being taken, but if the forests shrink anymore, the Chimpanzees are likely to disappear in the future.
If you click the words above, you can see other animals related to this one.