Saturday, January 25, 2014
Creature Feature #99: Chimpanzee
Chimpanzees are intelligent, social primates that live in large multi-male and female social groups known as "communities". They have a strong social hierarchy with the alpha male not necessarily being the strongest, but possibly the most intelligent, manipulative or cunning (sound familiar?). It is his duty to control the group and maintain discipline during the frequent disputes. Chimpanzees are very intelligent and engage in both tool use and puzzle solving. They communicate with each other in both verbal and non-verbal manners, using an array of facial expressions, hand gestures and vocalizations. Whilst the Chimpanzee does enjoy a diet of fruit and vegetation, he is also an organised predator, with hunting parties targeting colobus monkeys and bushbabies. He has even been known to sharpen sticks and use them as rudimentary spears to harass sleeping bushbabies.