CHIMPANZEES COMING THIS MAY

Chimpanzee in profile
International Chimpanzee Complex

CHIMPANZEE

Pan troglodytes

About

Chimpanzees are great apes and our species’ closest living relative, sharing about 98% of the same genetic make-up. They live in forests and savannas in western, central and eastern Africa. Chimpanzees have a social lifestyle, living in communities of up to 35 individuals. They spend their days on the go in smaller parties from their community looking for food, such as fruit and nuts, insects and larger animals. At night, they each make a nest out of branches for sleeping.

Chimpanzees have long arms with grasping thumbs. Even their big toes are good at helping them grip objects and move through trees with ease! They use their hands to groom each other, which helps them stay clean and build social bonds.

These apes are highly intelligent and curious. They are great at using tools, a behavior they learn from others in their community. Each chimpanzee community across Africa has its own culture of tool use and social behaviors!

Size
About 2–3 feet tall, weighing up to 150 pounds
Live in
Western, central and eastern Africa
Food
Fruits, nuts, insects, honey, meat
IUCN Red List Status
Endangered
Chimpanzee on branch

Conservation

Chimpanzees are endangered and need our help to survive and thrive in the wild. The Zoo supports the Goualougo Triangle Ape Project, which helps protect chimpanzees and their habitat.

The metal and mining industry has caused forest habitat to shrink as trees are cut down. You can help protect the forests where chimpanzees live by recycling your cell phone or other electronics, to reduce the need for more mining! Check out the Zoo’s Power Recycling events for an easy way to make a difference for wildlife.

WHERE ARE THEY AT THE ZOO?

INTERNATIONAL CHIMPANZEE COMPLEX

See chimpanzees in a whole new way and learn about their social behaviors in the Penny & Jock Fortune International Chimpanzee Complex presented by Central Indiana Honda Dealers. This groundbreaking exhibit that spans across the Zoo opens Memorial Day Weekend 2024!

Three chimpanzees huddled together
Chimpanzee Chat

Want to learn more about chimpanzees? Check out our new Chimpanzee Chat on a visit to the Zoo!