COMMON CHIMPANZEES

Common chimpanzees belong to the genus Pan and include four or five subspecies.

Pan troglodytes

CONSERVATION STATUS: ENDANGERED

Common chimpanzees can be found across the forests and savannas of equatorial Africa. Their range includes the countries of Sierra Leone, Angola, Tanzania, and Congo where they make their homes in a variety of habitats from savannas to tropical rainforests, low-altitude forests, and mountain forests. Four subspecies of…

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Pan troglodytes troglodytes

CONSERVATION STATUS: ENDANGERED

Central African chimpanzees live in the dense tropical rainforests of Central Africa. These forests are characterized by hot weather and heavy rain. The boundaries of their range are set by the Congo River in the south, the Ubangi River in the east, and the Sanaga River in the north. They are found in the countries of…

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Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii

CONSERVATION STATUS: ENDANGERED

The Eastern chimpanzee is found in the rainforests of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. There is also a small population in Burundi and there may still be some chimpanzees in Central African Republic and South Sudan, but this cannot be confirmed. The famed Australian…

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Pan troglodytes ellioti

CONSERVATION STATUS: ENDANGERED

The Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzee, sometimes called Elliot’s chimpanzee, is native to the two African countries that give it its namesake. Geographic distribution is restricted to isolated patches of forest within southwestern Nigeria, the Nigeria Delta and floodplain, and to Nigeria’s eastern border north of the Sanaga River

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Pan troglodytes verus

CONSERVATION STATUS: CRITICALLY ENDANGERED

Western chimpanzees, also known as West African chimpanzees, are found in western Africa in the countries of Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire), Ghana, Senegal, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Guinea-Bissau, Sierra Leone, and Burkina Faso. This subspecies of the common chimpanzee also used to inhabit Benin, Gambia, and…

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