Pan troglodytes

chimpanzee at Southwick's Zoo

At the zoo
We have four chimpanzees: an adult male named Terry, an adult female named Tabitha, a young female named Tanzie (she is the daughter of Terry and Tabitha), and an older female named Jingles.Be sure to stop by their habitat across from the EARTH Discovery Center.

Height: 2.5-4 ft
Weight, Males: 88-150 lbs
Weight, Females: 10-104 lbs

Wild: 40-45 years
Captivity: up to 60+ years

Chimps are omnivores. They will eat plants, fruit, and nuts in addition to insects and smaller animals.

Chimpanzees are found in the forests and rainforests of central Africa.


Did you know?

  • Chimpanzees use objects as tools. For example, they may use a reed or blade of grass to “fish” for insects by sticking it into a termite mound, or use stones to crack nuts. Baby chimps learn how to use tools by observing the adults.
  • Chimpanzees are our closest relatives. Their DNA is 98% similar to ours.
  • Chimps communicate in many ways, both vocally and visually through facial expressions. For example, a grin is often a sign of aggression. They may also swagger, swing their arms, or drum their hands against tree trunks.