Ugandan Chimpanzees

Uganda is one of Africa’s most accessible destinations for viewing Chimpanzees in their natural habitats. Chimps are mainly found in tropical rainforest, though some frequent savannah woodland. They usually live in loose groups of thirty or more individuals and are extremely vocal communicators. Adult chimpanzees stand about 1.2 metres (four feet) tall and weigh around 45 kilos (100 pounds). The bonobo, or pygmy chimpanzee Pan paniscus, is slightly smaller and more upright than the “common” chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes). Less comfortable on the ground, it is the most arboreal of Africa’s great apes and is confined to the left bank of the Congo River in the swampy forests of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Chimpanzees, like gorillas, are covered with short, coarse, black hair. Although they are accomplished climbers, they are equally at home on the ground. They usually move around on all fours, but will walk short distances on two legs.

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