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Top 7 most popular chimpanzee species: get a quick overview

Chimpanzees are one of the most popular species in the world. These apes are highly intelligent, and some people even consider them to be smarter than humans. They live in various parts of Africa, but they can be found throughout Asia as well. Chimpanzees are among the most popular animals in zoos and wildlife parks. 

We have compiled a list of 10 chimpanzee species from around the world that you should know about. You’ll get an overview of how they look and where they live!

Let’s Have A Look At These Chimpanzee Species:


The orangutan is the only great ape that lives in Asia. They are mainly found on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra, but they can also be found throughout Indonesia and Malaysia. Orangutans spend most of their time in trees, but they will occasionally descend to ground level for food sources below them. 

Male orangutans have a long list of vocalizations, including deep roars, chest-beating noises, and loud growls from treetops before descending to feed at lower levels in forests. The average male weighs about 220 pounds and reaches heights up to six feet tall when standing upright!


The bonobo is a great ape that lives in the Democratic Republic of Congo. These animals are sometimes called pygmy chimpanzees due to their smaller size and lighter build than other chimpanzee species. Bonobos live primarily on fruits, berries, leaves, honey from bees’ nests and tree bark, as well as insects like termites when they can find them. 

Unlike most other members of the genus Pan (which includes all common chimpanzees), bonobos have no specialized canine teeth at all but rather just typical human-like ones; this could be because it was once thought that humans were descendants from apes which may explain why some claim these primates to be more intelligent than humans!

Black Spider Monkey

The black spider monkey is a type of New World Monkey that lives in South America. These monkeys spend most of their time on the ground and can be found in lowland tropical rainforests, swampy forests, and evergreen mountain forests. Male spiders are more giant than females and have large cheek pads, which they use for sexual displays during courtship rituals with females or when fighting other males over territory disputes. 

Spider monkeys mainly eat fruit. However, their diet includes leaves, flowers, and nectar from plants like balsa trees to help them digest tough foods more quickly, while insects such as ants may form part of their animal prey if it’s available!


Gorillas are the largest and most powerful of all chimpanzee species. They also have a more rugged build, which is why they’re often called “mountain apes.” These animals live in lowland forests or mountainous areas of central Africa. Gorillas typically eat leaves, fruit, berries, vines, roots, and flowers. Adult males can grow to about 400 pounds (180 kg) and stand around five feet tall (150 cm). 

When gorillas walk on two legs, they generally reach up to four feet high, but their height ranges from three-and-a-half to six feet tall when walking on four limbs.

Cross River Gorilla

The Cross River Gorilla is one of the most endangered species in the world. These animals are found only in Northeastern Nigeria and Southern Cameroon, which means they’re pretty much surrounded by people – both rural agriculturalists who exploit their habitat for food production and local populations that hunt them as a game. The last remaining population was estimated at 300-500 individuals in 2008, but there has been a significant increase since then – to around 700-800 individuals!

These apes live mainly on tree leaves, fruit, and occasionally flowers or roots. 

They have a gestation period of eight months, with females giving birth every three years on average. Their life expectancy ranges from 40 to 45 years when conditions are optimal.

Mantled Guereza

The Mantled Guereza is a species of ape that inhabits rainforest and swampy areas in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Cameroon, and Uganda. It looks very similar to the Western Lowland Gorilla, but it’s much smaller – ranging from 115-150cm tall (45-59 inches). 

These apes are omnivores with a diet consisting mainly of fruits such as figs while also eating leaves and seeds when necessary.

Western Lowland Gorilla

Western Lowland Gorillas are one of the most common types found in captivity. These animals live on the western side of the Congo River, and they’re also sometimes called “Cameroon gorillas” or Western African gorillas because they inhabit that region exclusively. 

They can grow to about 400 pounds (180 kg), with males being larger than females and reaching heights up to five feet tall (150 cm). Western lowlands spend much time eating fruit – usually from vines, trees like mahogany, grapefruit, and banana trees while also picking other plants for their leaves, such as wild celery.


Chimpanzees are a popular species of animal. They live all over the world, and they have many different looks to them as well. We hope that this article has given you something new to learn about chimpanzees!

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