Common chimpanzees-Uganda also known as the robust belong to the social great apes species. They are man’s closest living relative possessing 98.6% DNA. Common chimpanzees are the most intelligent primates who are able to construct sleeping nest on a daily basis using tree branches and leaves. These chimpanzees make hunting tools to enable them get food using sticks and stones to crash nuts. Due to their high level of intelligence, chimpanzees can learn symbols and understand human language.
These common Chimpanzees-Uganda communicate to each other using non verbal communication through vocalization, hand gestures and facial expressions.
Social structure of Common chimpanzees-Uganda
Common Chimpanzees-Uganda live in groups known as troops ;which are led by multi-male and multi-females with an overall head male known as the alpha male. The alpha male is the highest ranking male who controls the group and maintains order during disputes. Female chimps also have hierarchy that determines the position of the individual in the group. Young female may inherit from the high ranking mother. These high ranking females usually have first access to food. A group of dominant females can sometimes takeover an alpha male who is not their preference; and back up another male who has potential to lead the troop.
Chimps have great strength in their muscles especially the the arms. It is believed that the chimps arms have more muscle strength than that of man. The life span of chimpanzees is about 50years.
Common chimpanzees-Uganda are omnivores; who feed on fruits, vegetable, insects, honey and also supplement their diet with meat from other young primates.
Book your chimpanzee tracking safari with Twende Expeditions for the amazing experience with man’s closest relative in their natural habitat. In Kibale national park which is the best place to see chimpanzees in Uganda; you can opt to either go for Chimpanzee tracking which is a one hour experience with chimps after finding them; or habituation experience where the tracker spends the all day following the chimpanzees. Other places where you can track common chimpanzees in Uganda are; Budongo forest in Murchison falls, Kyambura gorge in Queen Elizabeth as well as Semuliki national park. Ngamba island in Lake Victoria is another place where one can see and participate in feeding the chimpanzees.