Chimpanzees are humans’ closest living relatives. In fact, we share 98 percent of our genetic blueprint with chimpanzees! In the wild, chimpanzees have been known to make tools and use them while hunting or searching for food. Usually you will find a chimp shaping a twig or stick in order to extract insects from their nests. Sometimes chimps have been known to use stones to open nuts or use leaves as vessels for drinking water.
Like humans, chimpanzees are very social animals and are even capable deception and using manipulation. In the wild, most chimps live in social communities made up of several dozen animals. They make their homes around forests and usually sleep in trees. Because of the special relationships between humans and chimps, we know a lot about chimpanzees’ intelligence. Humans have taught chimpanzees have taught symbols, basic understanding of language and even numbers. Chimpanzees have also been shown to use manipulation and deception. They are truly fascinating!
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