Common Chimpanzee
Common Chimp
Common Name Chimp
Range West and Central Africa
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Primates
Family Hominidae
Genus Pan
Species Pan troglodytes
Conservation Status

The Common Chimpanzee is a specie from the Pan genus. It ranges in the forests and savannahs of West and Central Africa.


The common chimpanzee is covered in coarse black hair, but has a bare face, fingers, toes, palms of the hands and soles of the feet. It is considered more robust than the bonobo, weighing between 40 and 65 kg (88 and 140 lb) and measuring approximately 1.6 to 1.3 m (5 ft 3 in to 4 ft 3 in) from head to tail.


Common chimpanzees live in communities that typically range from 20 to more than 150 members, but spend most of their time travelling in small, temporary groups consisting of a few individuals. Common chimpanzees have been known to attack humans on occasion.


Most of the chimpanzee’s diet is made up of fruit. It prefers fruit above all other food items and will even eat them when they are not abundant. It will also eat leaves and leaf buds. Seeds, blossoms, stems, pith, bark and resin make up the rest of its diet. While the common chimpanzee is mostly herbivorous, it does eat honey, soil, insects, birds and their eggs, and small to medium-sized mammals, including other primates. The western red colobus ranks at the top of preferred mammal prey. Other mammalian prey include, red-tailed monkeys, yellow baboons, blue duikers, bushbucks and warthogs.


An average Common Chimpanzee lives for about 45 years in the wild.


  • At a zoo.


  • Chimpanzees have senses very similar to humans including hearing, sight, smell, taste, and touch.