Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes), also known as chimps, are one of our closest living relatives and members of the great ape family, along with gorillas, orangutans, bonobos and humans. Chimps share 98.7% of their DNA with humans and have a lot of the same traits. They are known for being intelligent, social and violent animals that live in complex societies. Chimpanzees have suffered greatly from the increasing presence and influence of modern humans in their environment and are now threatened with extinction. 

How big is a chimpanzee?

Chimpanzees are between 3 feet 3 inches and 5 feet 6 inches (1 to 1.7 meters) tall when standing upright like a human. However, they mostly walk on all fours using their knuckles and feet. Males are slightly bigger than females. A male can weigh up to about 154 lbs. (70 kilograms) in the wild, compared with a maximum weight of about 110 lbs. (50 kg) for a female, according to the University of Michigan’s Animal Diversity Web (ADW)


Size: Up to 5 feet 6 inches (1.7 meters) standing

Life span: Up to about 50 years

Conservation status: Endangered