Chimpanzees are great apes (not monkeys) who are native to the continent of Africa.
If you ever wonder if you are looking at an ape or a monkey, look for a tail.
Monkeys have tails, apes: chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas, orangutans, gibbons, and humans – do not.
Along with bonobos, chimpanzees are our closest living relatives.
We share approximately 98% of our DNA with chimps, so it’s fair to say that chimps are 98% human, and we are 98% chimpanzee.
Like many endangered species, Chimpanzees are also on the list…
Millions of chimpanzees used to live throughout Africa from southern Senegal through Central Africa to western Tanzania. This is an area almost the size of the United States.
The IUCN estimates between 170,000 and 300,000 chimps remain in the wild.
Bonobos are a much smaller population somewhere in the 30-50k range.
The vast majority of chimps live in the wild, with only a few thousand in captivity.
One recent census in the Ivory Coast revealed that the chimp population there had decreased 90% in just the past twenty years.
Reunion after 25 years
Twenty five years ago Linda Koebner was a part of a program that focused on getting several lab chimps reintroduced to the wild.
During her work she befriended Doll and Swing, two chimpanzees who were locked for years in behind bars before seeing the sun or touching the grass again.
Linda decided to pay a visit to her old friends and see if they would remember her.
The resulting emotional footage became the award winning film Wisdom of the Wild and it’s going to make you cry!
Thanks to Argofilms for this incredible footage!