Our closest living relatives
Chimpanzees share 98.4 per cent of their genetic material with humans and they are our closest living relative.
They use tools, such as sticks to retrieve termites from their mounts, stones to open nuts and leaves to scoop up drinking water
Zoopharmacognosy is the name given to animals who know which plants in their natural environment to ingest in order to make them feel better. Chimpanzees select and eat the bitter pith of the Vernonia plant. Their grimaces show they are not enjoying the experience but the pith contains certain compounds that have been shown to be effective against parasites including malaria.
Presenting your bottom to another chimp is a sign of respect! It shows them that you know they’re boss.
Chimps use facial expressions to show emotions ... but don’t smile showing all your teeth to a chimpanzee – it will think you’re frightened!
Chimpanzees are one of the few species that can recognise themselves in a mirror. Other animals often get confused and think their reflection is another animals but not chimps.