are our closest living relatives, the only other species in the sub-family Hominidae and sharing over 98% of our DNA. Our species are thought to have diverged as recently as four to six million years ago.
Contrary to popular opinion, chimps are surprisingly large, a large male can reach 1.7 metres in height and weigh up to 70kg. They are very powerful and impressive when encountered in the wild.
Estimates of the numbers of chimps remaining in the wild range from 10,000 to 30,000, with acute pressure of localised extinction over much of their range. The fact that there are so few of these creatures remaining is something about which we should all be concerned. If it were not from the revenues generated by tourism, then they would most likely already be gone from even the more accessible areas.
The future of chimpanzees is in our hands. Your visit will represent a significant contribution to their protection.The chimpanzee experienceBest locations for common chimpanzeesBest locations for bonobos