Common Chimpanzee

Pan troglodytes

Common chimps are omnivorous. They live in equatorial Africa having a way of life which is more arboreal than the gorilla (contrary to what their species name implies: troglodytes = cave-dweller). Common chimps share 99% of their genetic code with humans. Chimps and humans share a common ancestor who lived in Africa, probably around 8-9 million years ago.

The above picture shows a young girl keeping all four of her limbs busy with a different activity. She was doing this at Grand Rapids zoo, in Michigan, one afternoon in August 2003.

Family Pongidae
Order Primates
Subclass Eutheria
Class Mammalia
Subphylum Vertebrata
Phylum Chordata
Kingdom Animalia
Life on Earth