Uganda is blessed to be home to the “Primate capital of the world”; Kibale National Park Uganda. This back habits over 13 primates in its forest. Kibale Forest National Park is open to tourists on Africa safaris to enjoy their holiday. Undertake a Uganda safari to this park and enjoy a Uganda chimpanzee trekking safari. Chimpanzee trekking safaris in Uganda are carried out twice a day, in the morning and in afternoon. The activity itself lasts about 4 hours depending on where the chimpanzees are as well as the time of the day. It is a very interesting activity for you will enjoy time in the forest as you watch man’s closest cousin mimicking you, giggling, jumping from branch to branch and many more. They are more active during morning hours than in the afternoon.
Although chimpanzees are very similar to humans, there is still much that we don’t know about them. Some people confuse chimpanzees with. Chimpanzees lie in the great apes’ family including gorillas, bonobos and orangutans.
Here are facts you must know about our closest living cousins in the animal kingdom.
Because they are so much like us, they are referred to as our closest living non-human relatives or man’s closest cousins. We share over 99% of our DNA with these chimps.
As many experts say we are 99% chimpanzee, chimpanzees are also 99% human. This shared genetic make-up reveals itself in many physiological and behavioral traits that give us an incredible look into human evolutionary history.
Chimps are handy with tools
One of the early discoverers; Dr. Goodall’s discovered that chimpanzees make and use tools. He observed one of the chimps named David Greybeard using a stick he had stripped of its leaves to reach termites deep within their mounds. When he pulled it out of the mound, termites had clung to the stick. So the chimp picked them off with his lips for a protein packed snack.
They make terrible pets
Chimpanzees may look cute, especially when they are babies, but they can be very aggressive. Groups of males have the ability and motivation to plan and execute attacks on other chimps in the forest. These fights often result in serious injuries and even fatalities. Sometimes they even attack man; fatal attacks on humans have also been reported.
Just like humans, chimps have been observed grieving over friends and family members. They visit the body, both individually and in groups, gently touching, sniffing, and grooming the deceased.
We aren’t descendants of present-day apes, but there’s a chance that we share a common ancestor
People think that they are descendants of the present day apes; chimpanzees, gorillas, or any other great ape. This is not right because the evolutionary theory suggests that we share a common ancestor; an ape-like-human-like creature that lived millions of years ago.
Chimpanzees enjoy an occasional dip though they can’t swim
Once you spot a chimpanzee in water, you’ll rarely see it paddling about in the water as they don’t like to swim. Their low body fat ratio causes them to sink in the water and their top heavy body composition makes it difficult for them to keep their heads above water. However, some chimpanzees do enjoy a good splash around in shallow water.
Chimpanzees go to war
Dr. Goodall discovered that chimpanzees not only fight, but engage in a primitive form of brutal warfare. The first ever recorded long-term war broke out in 1974 and lasted for four years.
Chimpanzees enjoy many of the same foods humans do
Just like humans, Chimpanzees love honey, watermelons, and figs too. Check out their most eaten food!
Chimpanzees are endangered species
Chimpanzees are classified as Endangered on the IUCN Red List. At the beginning of the 20th century there were more than 1 million chimpanzees in the wild. Today, it’s estimated that there are less than 300,000. Their numbers are decreasing because of habitat loss and fragmentation, commercial bush meat hunting and the illegal wildlife trade. Thought they are endangered, Kibale National Park Uganda has the biggest number of them
You can tell the difference between a chimpanzee and a monkey by looking at their backsides
Monkeys have tails but chimpanzees and other great apes do not.
Besides knowing facts about chimpanzees in Kibale Park, you can also enjoy a chimpanzee trekking safari Uganda as part of your Uganda safari tour itinerary alongside your short Uganda gorilla safari, Uganda gorilla trekking safari, short wildlife safari Uganda, Uganda wildlife safari, Jinja city tour, Kampala city tour depending on your choice of safari in Uganda.