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Fun Ape Facts for Kids
Check out our range of fun ape facts for kids. Learn what species they include, how they behave, what they eat and much more. Read on for all kinds of interesting information about great apes!
- The definition of great apes has changed over time, but today it includes the following species: orangutans, chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas and humans.
- Gibbons are known as lesser apes, sharing similarities with great apes but also differences.
- Bonobo are the smallest great ape species, weighing around 35 kg (77 lb).
- Gorillas are the largest great ape species, weighing around 160 kg (350 lb).
- Great apes are capable of using their hands to build and gather.
- Great apes take a long time to reach maturity compared to other animals.
- Apes are omnivores, meaning they eat both plants and animals. Orangutans and chimpanzees love fruit, while gorillas eat a lot of bamboo.
- Male apes are typically larger than females.
- Human DNA is around 98% similar to chimpanzees.
- The scientific name for great apes is “hominidae”.
- World populations are believed to be around 80,000 orangutans, 200,000 gorillas, 200,000 chimpanzees, 10,000 bonobos, and 8,000,000 humans.