When Dr. Jane Goodall studied chimpanzees in what is now Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania, little was known about our closest genetic relatives. Since then, we have learned a great deal about the species that shares 99% of our DNA. Click the links below to visit our blog and learn more about all things chimp.
Chimpanzee culture is much like human culture: groups in different areas share different cultures. Chimpanzees develop different cultural practices depending on their environment, and transmit their culture as learned behaviour.
While most of a chimpanzee’s diet is made up of fruits, seeds, nuts, leaves, flowers and insects, they can be surprisingly creative with tool use and sourcing medicinal – and recreational – sources of food.
Chimpanzees and humans share a surprising number of similarities. For starters, chimpanzees and people share nearly identical genetic DNA. More recently, another similarity has been discovered: the presence of culture in chimpanzees.
Photo credit: Fernando Turmo/JGI Congo