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    The African Chimpanzee is a well known animal, but their population's are decreasing. So soon our little genetically related friends will be gone. On this webpage you will learn basic facts about the African Chimpanzee, their cultures and customs, and why the African Chimpanzee is endangered.
    First of all, there are only about 300,000 Chimpanzees left in the wild. This number is spread out into four subspecies; Western Chimpanzees, Nigeria-Cameroon Chimpanzees, Central Chimpanzees, and Eastern Chimpanzees. Chimpanzee is what we commonly know as the endangered species, but the actual scientific name is Pan Troglodytes. Chimpanzees weigh mostly in the 55-110 pounds range at about the age of four and older, and at four years is usually when a Chimpanzee becomes independent. Chimpanzees have long arms, opposable thumbs, and an active mouth. Also, they have skin on their face, ears, palms, and the soles of their feet, but the rest of them is covered in fur. Yet there are many more basic facts about Chimpanzees.
    Next, Chimpanzees have many cultures and customs. A Chimpanzee community usually holds about 150 individuals. These communities are mostly in rain forests, woodlands, and grasslands. Even though the Chimpanzees share about 98% of a humans genetic blueprint, the Chimpanzee mostly walks on all fours. They also learn basic human sign language. Chimpanzees mostly eat whatever's around them, such as insects, eggs, and meat. Chimpanzees in general make their own tools. They use sticks to catch insects and stones to smash nuts and other foods. Chimpanzees have many of their own customs that are very unique.
    Finally, the reasons why the Chimpanzee is endangered are as follows. There are two main reasons why the Chimpanzee is endangered. One reason is the human deforestation and loss of  habitat caused by logging and farming. The second reason is the hunting by humans for bush meat. Bush meat had started t
o be commercialized, so many people are wanting more of it.
    The largest populations of Chimpanzees are in Gabon, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Cameroon. Western Chimpanzees used to be in 13 different countries. The Eastern Chimpanzee is spread out from the Ubangi River to the Congo River. The Nigeria-Cameroon Chimpanzee is the least numerous with only about 6,500 Chimps left. The Chimpanzee population is definitely decreasing.
    The African Chimpanzees populations are decreasing and it's going to keep getting worse because of deforestation and the hunting for bush meat, so soon there will probably be no
more Chimpanzees left in the wild.