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Chimpanzees

Chimpanzee Species And Habitat, Physical Characteristics, Behavior, Parenting, Eating Habits, Communication, Jane Goodall's Observations

Chimpanzees belong to the order Primates, which includes monkeys, apes, and humans. Chimpanzees are assigned to the family Pongidae, which includes all of the other apes: gorillas, orang-utans, and gibbons. Compared with monkeys, apes are larger, have no tail, and have longer arms and a broader chest. When apes stand upright, their long arms reach below their knees. They also have a great deal of upper body strength, needed for a life spent mostly in the forest canopy.


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