Impact: Save the Chimpanzees

By Tonka Dobreva 04.17.2015 interact

On the species family tree, human’s closest relative is the chimpanzee. We share 98% of our DNA, and like humans, chimps are extremely smart. They have their own system of communication, make tools, and can even learn new languages, like American Sign Language.

Unfortunately, chimps are also in danger of becoming extinct. Their territory has been reduced by deforestation, and they are often hunted by humans. It’s estimated that 1.7 million chimps have died in the past 50 years, leaving only about 170,000 to 300,000 left in the wild.

Check out the slideshow below for some cool facts on our primate relatives, then read on below to learn about what you can do to help save the chimps.

Chimp Fact #1
Chimp Fact #1

Chimp Fact #1

Some chimpanzees can be taught to "talk" using American Sign Language, symbols, and computer graphics. Some are even smart enough to come up with their own words, which they then share with their handlers.

Chimp Fact #2
Chimp Fact #2

Chimp Fact #2

Like humans, young chimps live with their parents for years. Female chimps are considered adults at the age of 13, male chimps at the age of 16.

Chimp Fact #3
Chimp Fact #3

Chimp Fact #3

In the wild, chimps have been observed making their own medicines. They pick and use different plants to cure various sicknesses.

Chimp Fact #4
Chimp Fact #4

Chimp Fact #4

Jane Goodall, a scientist, has been studying chimps for over 55 years. Her research disproved several famous theories about chimps, including that they're vegetarians (they sometimes eat small animals) and that only humans can make and use tools (they use branches and grass to fish for bugs, and use sponge-like plants to store water).

Chimp Fact #5
Chimp Fact #5

Chimp Fact #5

Chimpanzees sleep in trees by making nests.

Chimp Fact #6
Chimp Fact #6

Chimp Fact #6

Though chimps often live near water, they can't swim due to the structure of their bodies.

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There are several efforts going on that are dedicated to saving the remaining chimpanzees and increasing their population. There are a few ways that you can help too:

Make Chimpinatas for Save the Chimps

Get some friends or classmates together and make chimpinatas! The chimps love these fun and easy to make enrichment toys. When you’re done, send them in to Save the Chimps at 16891 Carole Noon Lane
Fort Pierce, FL 34945.

Adopt a Chimpanzee

The World Wildlife Fund allows you to adopt a chimp to help conservation efforts. When you complete your “Adoption,” they’ll send you an adoption certificate so you can keep your new friend in mind all the time.

 

comments

  1. Dom

    I think we should not test them.It is not right considering there endangered

  2. courtneygaskins2000

    I watched channel one this morning at school and i was awwww. They are really cool and funny. My class was laughing we the chimpanzee was laughing.

  3. Griffin

    chimpanzees are awsome

  4. samantha

    yes I think we should not test them

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