Differences Between Chimpanzees, Gorillas and Orangutans

I was asked what the differences are between these apes and it is actually hard to decide where to start. The three are primates, but they are quite different in many ways. They are different in appearance, eating habits and in behavior. Lets look at each. Chimpanzee There are two species of chimps, Pan troglodytes, which live south of the Sahara but north of the Congo River, and Pan paniscus, which live south of the Congo. The first species is aggressive and often led by males while the second species are usually peaceful and are normally led by females. Chimps are native only to Africa. They are also mostly vegetarian, but will eat meat and insects, too. There is a lot of difference in size between the males and females. They also look a bit different. The males normally grow to about four feet tall and weigh up to 150 pounds in the wild. The females can be quite a bit smaller. The color is usually dark brown to black. The arms are a little longer than the legs and the fingers, palms, bottoms of the feet and face don’t have hair. The nose is flat. Chimps are closer to humans, genetically, than any other primate and they are intelligent, even capable of learning a sort of sign language. They are also tool users. Chimps have little problem walking upright, though the walk is often with a swagger that swings the shoulders forward and back. Many of a chimp’s facial Continue Reading →


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