Frequently Asked Questions About Chimpanzees

Frequently Asked Questions About Chimpanzees: Chimpanzees in Africa are among the most notable primates that you should not miss out on watching when you make your way to Africa which will give you the opportunity to watch the endangered chimpanzees in their natural habitats. The best chimpanzee trekking destinations in Africa being Rwanda, Congo and Uganda where travellers can participate in chimpanzee trekking and chimpanzee habituation which will give you the opportunity to understand more about the species as you enjoy the time you spend with the species in the wild. Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda can be carried out by participating in chimpanzee trekking in kibale national park and chimpanzee trekking in Budongo forest and chimpanzee habituation in Uganda which will give you the chance to understand how the species are trained to get accustomed to human presence.

For the chimpanzee trekking experience in Rwanda, travellers will participate in chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe national park and chimpanzee trekking in Gishwati mukura national park and chimpanzee trekking in Virunga national park and on your way to Kahuzi biega national park, you will have the chance to access the Lwiro chimpanzee sanctuary which will give you the chance how the species are protected for sustainable tourism. Visiting the different chimpanzees destinations in in Africa will also give you the chance to understand more about the frequently asked questions about the chimpanzees as explained below;


Unlike the gorillas where the dominant silverback is the one that has all the mating rights with the females in the gorilla group, it should be noted for the chimpanzees any male especially the adult males can mate with the females in the group. The males get to know that the females are ready for mating with the males with their bottoms having red swellings. When the chimpanzee conceives it has a gestation period of 243 days until it gives birth to an infant.

Frequently Asked Questions About Chimpanzees
Chimps in Nyungwe


Another question is what chimpanzees eat, the chimpanzees are herbivores that enjoy eating a plant based diet which comprises of fruits, seeds, nuts, wild celery, flowers and in some instances though quite rare, they can be seen eating include insects like the invertebrates like the millipedes, centipedes but they are mostly seen eating a plant based diet.


Chimpanzees are quite strong species whose strength is about three times of that of a human however they are not as strong as a gorilla.  A fully grown adult male can weight 136-227 kilograms for a male and female is 68-113 kilograms, the species are also quite aggressive species that can be triggered by the smallest details like noise making unnecessary noise, sudden uncontrollable movements which can trigger them off as a threat therefore it is important for travellers to follow the lead of a guide to ensure you have an amazing safari experience and also to have the chance to enjoy the species without having to worry about being attacked at any given time.


Unlike the gorillas that sleep in the different nest every night, the chimpanzees establish a community where they stay and this troop has about 30-45 members which comprises of the adult males, females, juveniles and infants and with this it makes them bigger compared to the gorillas and their families. It should also be noted that the chimpanzees sleep in the same nests every night which makes tracking them quite easy because the guides are able to know where they can be found unlike the gorillas that are quite mobile and sleep in new nests every night hence making tracking of the species quite difficult.

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