By Bethany Asper (who LOVES chimps)
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CHIMPANZEEEEEEEEEEEEES
TABLE OF CONTENTS
If you see something in bold (b), then look it up in the glossary (page 10)
I’M HUNGRY, MOMMY!
Chimpanzees are omnivores, which means they eat both meat and plants. Sometimes, to get termites and other bugs to eat, they will pick them from their homes with a stick!
Young chimps learn which food is safe to eat and when it is ripe from watching adult chimpanzees.
Take a look at the list of food that they eat below.
- Small Mammals
To make sponges, chimpanzees chew a leaf, bring it to some water, and then sop water up
the leaf! Wow! We should try that!!!
Above is a picture of a chimpanzee eating a fig.
WHERE DO WE LIVE???
Chimpanzees live in 21 different countries in Africa. Some of them are Tanzania, Congo, and Angola. But the number of countries is shortening because of habitat loss and
poaching. Below is a list of landforms that chimpanzees
- Bamboo Forests
- Open Savannah
|TRUE OR FALSE?
Chimpanzees are not monkeys.
T R U E
Above is a picture of a rainforest where chimpanzees live.
Chimpanzees are some LOUD animals! They also have some weird ways of communicating- and lots of them! Loud chimpanzee sounds beware… if, of course, you have the guts to look down!!!
Did you know that chimpanzees do not have tails? It’s true! Really!
Giving Birth to New Chimps
How often does your mom have a child? Did she only have you? Did she have more than one kid but then stopped giving birth? Will she keep having babies? Well, chimpanzee moms have 1 baby every 5 to 6 years. Except not every 5 to 6 years for the rest of her life!!!
Chimpanzee babies are 4 pounds at birth, but they will grow to be 70- 130 pounds.
Female chimpanzees are able to give birth starting at 12- 13 years old and stay pregnant for 8 ½ to 9 months.
Baby chimpanzees stay on their mom’s back for 4 years and live with her for 7 years.
| TRUE OR FALSE?
Pulling dirt and bugs out of another chimpanzee’s fur means you are an enemy.
F A L S E (it means you are a friend)
Above is a picture of a baby chimpanzee with his/her mom.
HMMM… WHICH DRESS SHOULD I WEAR???
Chimpanzees have hair on every place on their bodies except their face, the bottom of their feet, and the bottom of their hands. They have opposable thumbs, like humans.
The average chimpanzee is 70- 130 lbs and 3- 5 feet +5 inches tall. They have pinkish- black faces and long, black hair.
Chimpanzees are NOT monkeys! They belong to the ape family, related to apes, gorillas, orangutans, bonobos, and humans- that’s right, chimpanzees are related to US!!!
Above is a picture of a chimpanzee in a zoo.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Hi! My name is Bethany Joy Asper and I am 8 years old (really- I’m 8). I have donated 60 dollars to endangered animals. I LOVE animals. I think animals and people are equal and so I try to convince other people that they are, too, in books.
I am the oldest of 4 kids. I live in Urbandale, Iowa. I am the captain of a nature club with 5 of my friends. When I grow up, I will be a naturalist (a scientist who studies nature) with my best friend, Rachel.
Above is a picture of me (right) and Rachel (left).
-omnivores- someone or something that eats both meat and plants
-habitat loss- animals losing their homes because of people cutting down trees for farmland or houses
-poaching- shooting endangered animals
-landform- any natural features of the earth’s surface, like plains and mountains
-female- girl or woman
-opposable thumb- thumb that can point at least 90 degrees from the other fingers