Where to see them
Chimpanzees can be found from Southern Senegal across the forested belt north of the Congo River to Western Uganda and Western Tanzania. Gombe National Park in Tanzania is the first park in Africa specifically created for chimpanzees.
Chimpanzees represent our closest living relative, sharing 98% of our genetic DNA. Chimps are one of the few animals that are known to use of tools. This includes the use of sticks to retrieve insects from the leaf litter, stones to open up appetising nut contents and leaves to soak up drinking water. Some chimpanzees have even been able to learn basic human sign language.
How to help
In 1900 an estimated 1 million chimpanzees lived in the wild. Today, there are as few as 340,000. Despite our shared lineage, humans are pushing chimpanzees toward extinction. The illegal wildlife trade is a multi-billion dollar global industry and is one of the most urgent threats to primates. Chimps have already disappeared completely from four countries and are under tremendous pressure everywhere else they live.