Most mothers give birth to one young an average of every five to six years in the wild. Young chimps stay with their mothers for up to 10 years.

Born near Kenema, Sierra Leone, Pinkie was the world's only known albino chimpanzee. Unlike most albino animals Pinkie had one blue eye and one brown eye.

Young chimps and young baboons sometimes play together when they meet in the forest.

Because chimps live in complex family groups, they use a wide range of auditory, visual and tactile signals adapted both for distant and close communication. Chimpanzees have been called the noisiest of all African animals! With loud calls, they can wander far within their territory and still stay in contact with community members.

Grooming: Social grooming is probably the most important social behaviour among chimps, serving to maintain or improve friendships and reinforce the bonds between group members. Grooming also serves to remove dirt and parasites 

Chimpanzees are highly social apes and in the wild they live in large families.

Chimpanzees are more closely related to humans than they are even to gorillas.  


Following a gestation period that averages 7.5 months, a single chimps infant is born relatively helpless. Several days pass before he is able to cling to his mother. At six months, the young chimp is able to ride on her back.

About 90% of all primates are found in tropical rain forests around the world. As these habitats disappear, primates become endangered. One on five species of primates is either endangered or critically endangered.

Chimpanzees are found in a wide belt that extends across equatorial Africa from the west coast to within a few hundred kilometres of the east coast. They are the most adaptable of the great apes, living in habitats that range from rain and montane forests to dry woodlands, and sometimes even savanna.

Scientists once thought that tool making was something that only humans could do. Jane Goodall, the world’s most famous primatologist, discovered that chimps make and use tools. They use leaves, grasses, sticks and rocks to 'fish', hammer, crush, drink swat and scare. They are able to use and make tools because they have flexible hands and big brains.

By following wild chimps through the forests, scientists discovered that chimps use medicinal plants to treat and protect themselves from illness and injury