The chimpanzee or “chimp”, is a species of great ape native to the forests and savannahs of tropical Africa. It has four confirmed subspecies and a fifth proposed subspecies. The chimpanzee and the closely related bonobo (sometimes called the “pygmy chimpanzee”) are classified in the genus Pan.
The chimpanzee is listed on the IUCN Red List as an endangered species. The biggest threats to the chimpanzee are habitat loss, poaching and disease. They are sometimes kept as pets and some hundreds have been kept in laboratories for research, especially in America. Many attempts have been made to teach languages such as American Sign Language to chimpanzees, with limited success.
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