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Chimpanzees are more closely related genetically to humans – sharing 98.4% of our DNA – than they are to gorillas!
Chimpanzees are highly intelligent and live in complex social groups. These primates are known for making and using simple tools, such as twigs for eating termites and rocks for cracking nuts. Chimps have opposable thumbs used for climbing, using tools, grooming, and grasping food. They rely on several forms of communication including vocalizations, facial expressions, body language and grooming. Long and muscular arms allow them to move easily through trees but most locomotion is done on all fours by knuckle-walking. Chimpanzees are capable of walking on their hind legs as well, but only with the toes turned inward.
Your Adopt-an-Animal donation will be used to support these adaptable apes and further the San Francisco Zoological Society’s mission to connect people to wildlife, inspire caring for nature, and advance conservation action. An adoption of a chimpanzee makes a great gift for friends, coworkers, family or for yourself!
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