Great Ape Profiles
|Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla) |
The largest Great Ape
Males: 400 pounds (180 kg); up to 6 feet (1.8 m) standing
Did you know? An adult male gorilla is very protective of his family. He will stand and beat his chest to scare away intruders. This is where the idea of King Kong comes from. But the truth is that gorillas generally have quiet, peaceful lives.
|Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus, Pongo abelii) |
The world's largest arboreal (tree-dwelling) animal
Males: 200 pounds (90 kg); up to 4.5 feet (1.4 m) standing
Did you know? During rainstorms, an orangutan may hold a big leaf over its head like an umbrella.
|Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes, Pan paniscus)|
Most people's favorite ape
Males: 115 pounds (52 kg); up to 4.5 feet (1.4 m) standing
Did You Know? Chimps use a variety of tools. For example, a chimp may peel a twig and use it to catch ants, or find just the right-sized rock to crack nuts. Also, sick chimps have been seen eating plants that have medicinal properties.
|Bonobos (Pan paniscus) |
The smallest great ape
Males: 100 pounds (45 kg); up to 3.3 feet (1 m) standing
Did you know? Bonobos are much like chimps, and in fact were once thought to be just another kind of chimp. They were only "discovered" in 1929. Scientists still know less about bonobos than about any of the other great apes.