Information about: Chimpanzee

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Chimpanzee. The native Guinea name of a large ape of equatorial Africa, belonging to the anthropoid or man-like monkeys, and to the same family as the gorilla. When full grown it is sometimes about five feet high, with black hair, and is not so large and powerful as the gorilla. Like the orangutan, it has the hair on its forearm turned backward, but differs from it in having an additional dorsal vertebra and a thirteenth pair of ribs. It walks erect better than most of the apes. It feeds on fruits, often robs the gardens of the natives, and constructs a sort of nest among the branches. It is common in menageries, where it shows much intelligence and docility.