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Chimpanzees
Chimp
Characteristics
Scientific Name

Pan troglodytes

Habitat

Central/West Africa

Diet

insects, bark, eggs, nuts

Chimpanzees (scientific name Pan troglodytes) are creatures that briefly appear in The Lion King universe.

Information

In the Real World

The male common chimp stands up to 1.7 m (5.6 ft) high and weighs as much as 70 kg

(150 lb); the female is somewhat smaller. The common chimp’s long arms, when extended, span one and a half times the body’s height. A chimpanzee's arms are longer than its legs. The bonobo is slightly shorter and thinner than the common chimpanzee but has longer limbs. In trees, both species climb with their long, powerful arms; on the ground, chimpanzees usually knuckle-walk, or walk on all fours, clenching their fists and supporting themselves on the knuckles thereof. Chimpanzee feet are better suited for walking than are those of the orangutan because the chimp has broader soles and shorter toes.

Both the common chimpanzee and bonobo can walk upright on two legs when carrying objects with their hands and arms. The bonobo has proportionately longer upper limbs and more often walks upright than does the common chimpanzee. The coat is dark; the face, fingers, palms of the hands, and soles of the feet, hairless; the chimp, tailless. The exposed skin of the face, hands and feet varies from pink to very dark in both species but is generally lighter in younger individuals, darkening as maturity is reached. A University of Chicago Medical Centre study has found significant genetic differences between chimpanzee populations. A bony shelf over the eyes gives the forehead a receding appearance, and the nose is flat. Although the jaws protrude, the lips are thrust out only when a chimp pouts. Chimpanzees make tools and use them to acquire foods and for social displays; they have sophisticated hunting strategies requiring cooperation, influence and rank; they are status conscious, manipulative and capable of deception; they can learn to use symbols and understand aspects of human language including some relational syntax, concepts of number and numerical sequence; and they are capable of spontaneous planning for a future state or event.

In the Universe

  • Chimpanzees briefly seen in "Upendi".
  • A chimpanzee in "The Lion Guard".

In The Lion King

Chimps are mentioned by Zazu in The Morning Report, however they aren't seen throughout the film.

In The Lion King II: Simba's Pride

Chimps can be seen very briefly at the beginning of Upendi.

In The Lion Guard

In the episode "Can't Wait to be Queen", a chimpanzee briefly appears as Simba sings "Duties of the King".

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