1. The mammal I chose to study is:
Pan Troglodytes
2. The common name of my mammal is:
3. The classification of my mammal:
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Family: Homininae
Genus: Pan
Species: troglodytes
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4. What are some of the animal’s physical adaptations to its environment?

Chimpanzees have long and flexible arms and arm joints so that they can swing from tree to tree with one hand. Chimps also have large mouths so they can carry lots of fruit or other objects. Another physical adaptation is chimpanzees' opposable thumbs. Chimps' thumbs are an aid tool for them.

5. What are some of the organism’s behavioral adaptations to its environment?

Chimpanzees are very intelligent and have learned to use tools to obtain food such as sticks to gather termites and insects to eat. Male chimpanzees shake branches, throw rocks, and charge each other to intimidate other chimps and to show its leadership and superiority. Also, young chimps learn how to act in chimp society by playing with eachother. Another thing is that their language is highly developed. They have over 30 different calls to help communicate with eachother.

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6. What is the role of your organism in the food chain? Be specific about role as a producer, consumer or decomposer. If a consumer, then describe the food preferences, like herbivore, carnivore or omnivore.

The chimpanzee is an omnivore that eats fruit, leaves, seeds, buds, bark, stems, insects, and occasionally baby baboon meat. Because of where the Chimpanzee lives, its only real predator is the leopard. Its role in the food chain is a consumer, an organism that eats other organisms.

7. Describe the biome where this organism lives.

Chimpanzees live in the rainforest biome. The rainforest is an area of very tall trees that receive an average of 68-78 inches of rainfall a year and lots of warmth. The rainforest temperature rarely drops below 68 or rises above 93 degrees fahrenheit. Almost all rainforests are near the equator. Unfortunately though, rainforests now cover less than 6% of the world. Chimpanzees are losing their habitat and don't have much of it left.

8. Discuss the status of the species. Is it plentiful, threatened, endangered or extinct?

Chimpanzees are endangered because of habitat fragmentation. There is less than 6% of rainforests still left on earth.

9. How do humans impact your organism? (Hot Tip: Think of the HIPPO dilemma – handout)

Humans have impacted Chimpanzees by destroying rainforests to 6% of the world. 1.4% of the rainforests left on earth were destroyed between 2000, and 2005. Scientists say that the destruction of the rainforests is at a "tsunami" stage. For chimps to stay at a stable level we have to stop demolishing tropical rainforests.

10. Identify the place(s) on the map where your organism lives. Color in the map accordingly.


11. Amazing facts: Chimps in captivity are great painters. Some humans thought a chimp's painting was painted by a famous artist! Also, chimps use medicinal plants that they find to help heal their injuries and illnesses. Plus, chimpanzees have 98% of the same DNA as humans!

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How Chimpanzees Learned to Use Twigs to Obtain Food

There once was a small little chimpanzee living with his family in the tropical rainforest. There was lots of food to eat and shelter to live in. Every day he had fruit, bark, and seeds for all of his meals. But one day, he got tired of eating the same thing day, after day, after day. That day, he searched around the whole rainforest for something new to eat. After a long morning of looking, he sat down on a log. Once he sat down, a termite scuttled along the ground next to his feet and into a big mound of dirt. The chimp focused on the mound, and saw tons and tons of termites moving around. The chimp realized it was a termite mound. He tried to stick his tongue through the holes in the termite home, but his tongue couldn’t fit. He then tried using his fingers, but his fingers were too chubby, and weren’t long enough. After trying everything the chimpanzee could think of, he sat down on the same log he had hours earlier. On accident he broke of a long, smooth branch of the log. He tried using the branch to get some food. To his amazement, when he pulled the twig out, there were ten termites on the branch. He used the stick like a skewer as he put the twig in his mouth. It was the most delicious food the little chimp had ever tasted. He raced back to his family and told them his new discovery. The family told everyone they knew, and from generation to generation, the secret was told to every chimpanzee in the world. That is how chimpanzees learned to use twigs to get food.

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