Chimpanzee life cycle


What is a Chimpanzee life cycle?

Chimpanzee life cycle

Chimpanzee’s life cycle, the life of the Chimpanzee life cycle of an animal covers its birth ton its death and all the different stages in between.  Chimpanzee lives for a relatively long time. They can live to around 45 years in the wild and around 60 years in captivity.

Group living has benefits when it comes to reproduction, more group members mean more options for mating. Chimps mate all year long, not only at a certain time of year. But chimpanzee mating is linked to food sources. More mating takes place when there is plenty of food to eat.

Chimps usually give birth to one baby at a time. They are pregnant for about 8 months, just a little shorter than humans. Chimps babies weigh only about 4 pounds (1.8Kilograms).  they are helpless and cling to their mother much like human babies.

Chimpanzee life cycle

From about six months onward, they ride on their mother’s backs. They do this until they are about two years old. Like all primates, female chimps feed their babies milk from their bodies until young chimps are five, they depend on their mothers for food.

Male reach adulthood at 16 years old and females reaches adulthood at 13. This is the time they are able to reproduce. At this time many female chimps leave their group and join another group of chimps. Males stay with the group they are born into.

How does chimpanzee behave? – Facts about the chimpanzee life cycle

Chimpanzees are social animals, this means that they like to be with others. They live in groups of about 20 to 100 members. These groups are called communities there is one dominant male. He is the one with decided how to divide up meat from a hunt among the group members. The rest of the group consisting of other males, females and young chimps.

A community usually stays within its own area, known as its home range. The size of the range depends on where the chimps live. In certain forests, it may be only a few square miles. In the savannah, it may be hundreds of square miles. Chimpanzee tracking can be done in Kibale forest national park Uganda.


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