Chimpanzees remain to be one of the most popular types of monkeys, often kept as pets and as celebrities in fairgrounds because of their highly adaptable natures. Often classified with the great apes Bonobo, Orangutan and Gorilla, an animated feature released in 2006, Curious George, told the tale of how a chimpanzee owner took care of his ape, a creature that is described to be highly intelligent and highly inquisitive.
The animated feature did well in describing chimpanzees, whose presence remains to be fascinating for people, regardless if they are kept in zoos or encountered in the wild.
Chimpanzees can grow as tall as up to 5 feet, with some weighing as much as 200 pounds. With long arms, the legs of a chimpanzee aren’t as long, and unlike certain primates, they do not have tails.
Chimpanzees are the most sociable of all the apes, an innate nature which has made them ideal apes when kept in captivity. In the wild, they are known to live in communities, with member numbers somewhere between 15 to 120 chimpanzees. In mixed chimpanzee communities, males rarely leave, leaving that role to females who are known to often migrate to other communities.
In the wild, a chimpanzee can live somewhere between 40 to 50 years, while chimpanzees kept in captivity are known to live between 50 to 60 years old. Since they are naturally tropical creatures, chimpanzees in the wild spend a lot of time in trees, and only come down when necessary.
Active during the day, they are incredibly sociable and adaptable with humans, but their care and upkeep isn’t exactly as “easy” as how keeping a cat or dog in the house is.
All in all, chimpanzees stand out as apes, well loved by people who are still fascinated by them time in and time out.