Chimpanzees

How Can We Save Them?

How can we even try to save the chimpanzees and forests if the people are so obviously struggling to survive? - Dr. Goodall.

Learn about JGI's efforts to protect wild chimpanzees through

Early Days

What was Gombe Stream Chimpanzee Reserve like when Dr. Jane Goodall first arrived, and how did she get there?

Researching Wild Chimpanzees

Chimpanzees can offer us a great deal of insight into our evolutionary past, as well as into our future.

Because chimpanzees are so biologically and socially similar to humans, they offer us a great deal of insights into our evolutionary past, as well as into our future. As we observe and document the world of chimpanzees, we learn more about our own behaviors and social patterns, our impact on the ecosystem, and even our ability to spread disease.

Fast Facts

 

10 Things to Know About Chimpanzees

  1. Chimpanzees are one of our closest living relatives. In fact, humans and chimpanzees share 95 to 98 percent of the same DNA!
     
  2. Chimpanzees make and use tools. In fact, they use more tools for more purposes than any other creature except human beings. Visit the video page to watch videos of tool use at Gombe National Park in Tanzania.

Chimpanzees & Bushmeat: 101

With the increased commercialization of the illegal bushmeat trade across Central and Western Africa, thousands of adult chimpanzees and other endangered animals like elephants and gorillas are killed every year.

Raising awareness is a powerful means

State of the Wild Chimpanzee

Chimpanzees are extinct in 4 of the 25 countries where they were traditionally found.

We stand on the threshold of a future without chimpanzees       in the wild.

The IUCN/World Conservation Union Red List of Threatened Species says each of the species of African great apes – chimpanzees, gorillas, and bonobos – as endangered. African apes are largely confined to the relatively intact forests of Equatorial Africa as their last remaining stronghold. Chimpanzees are likely extinct in 4 of their 25 range countries (Gambia, Burkina Faso, Togo and Benin).

Communication

Chimpanzees communicate in many ways, most notably through sounds and calls, but also through touch, facial expressions and body language.

Chimpanzees communicate in many ways, most notably through sounds and calls. They also communicate with each other through touch, facial expressions and body language.

 

Biology & Habitat

Chimpanzees, one of our closest living relatives, can be found in 21 countries in equatorial Africa.

  • Biologically, chimpanzees are more closely related to humans than they are to another species of great apes—gorillas. In fact, humans and chimpanzees share about 95 percent to 98 percent of the same DNA.
     
  • Chimpanzees can catch and be infected with human diseases. Read more on this topic.
     
  • In the wild, chimpanzees seldom live past age 50. Some captive individuals, however, have lived past the age of 60.

Tool Use, Hunting & Other Discoveries

Learn about some of the groundbreaking discoveries made at Gombe National Park in the past 50+ years!

In 1960,  Jane Goodall traveled to what was then Gombe Stream Chimpanzee Reserve in the British protectorate of Tanganyika to study the behavior of the wild chimpanzees. The groundbreaking discoveries she made in Gombe became the foundation of future chimpanzee behavioral research and dramatically changed how animal behavior is studied.

Tool Making & Tool Use
Hunting
Family Relationships

Fansi Anaumwa! (Fansi is Sick!)

In his latest blog entry, Dr. Deus Mjungu, Gombe Stream Research Center’s director of chimpanzee research, discusses a recent illness at Gombe National Park, Tanzania.

Fansi Anaumwa! (Fansi is Sick!)

For an animal, getting sick is a simple fact of life. Despite this, it’s particularly concerning when a chimpanzee falls ill. At Gombe, disease is one of the main causes of death for chimpanzees. Therefore, we keep a particularly vigilant eye on the chimps in the park.

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Saving Chimps From Snares (Graphic Images)!

This is the story of Mugu Moja, a young juvenile chimpanzee.