Chimpanzees have complex thoughts, feel emotions and use many vocalizations, gestures and facial expressions to communicate with members of their family and others outside their troop. Chimpanzee populations are declining at an alarming rate in the wild, and the Houston Zoo supports projects to help stop it.

  • Scientific Name: Pan troglodytes
  • Range: Western & Central Africa – largest populations in Congo and Gabon
  • Status in the Wild: Endangered
  • Location in the Zoo: African Forest
  • Cool Animal Fact: Chimpanzees share 98% of our DNA.

Wild chimpanzees are an endangered species, and the Houston Zoo helps organizations working to save them. The biggest threats to the chimpanzee are habitat loss and poaching. Find out more about how we help wild chimpanzees.

Chimp Channel on the Houston Zoo’s You Tube