The last Chimpanzee?


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The last Chimpanzee’  status – ENDANGERED…Image

Like us, chimps are highly social animals, care for their offspring for years and can live to be over 50. In fact, chimpanzees are our closest cousins; we share about 98 percent of our genes.

In their habitat in the forests of central Africa,chimpanzees spend most of their days in the tree tops. When they do come down to earth, chimps usually travel on all fours,
though they can walk on their legs like humans for as far as a mile. They use sticks to fish termites out of mounds and bunches of leaves
to sop up drinking water.

The primary threats to chimpanzees are habitat destruction, hunting, and disease. The increasing human population is encroaching ever deeper into even protected areas of chimpanzee habitats, and large scale logging is now a major threat to the forest primates of Africa.

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