Comparison between Monkeys and Chimpanzees

Similarities between chimpanzees and monkeys

Both chimpanzees and monkeys are primates.

Both are intelligent and they have the capacity of using objects like stones, sticks among others.

Chimps and monkeys have hairy bodies for warming purposes

Both are wild animals though some people have started domesticating them for fun or security reasons.

Chimpanzees and monkeys are capable of climbing trees though monkeys does it better.


Difference between chimpanzees and monkeys

Chimpanzees do not have a tail while monkeys do have.
Chimpanzees are bigger than monkeys
The more upright body posture of chimpanzees is adapted for walking than for climbing as in monkeys.
The chimpanzees have a better vision than the sense of smell. However some new world monkeys have color vision. Also in both monkeys and chimpanzees, the eyes are placed at the front of the face enabling them to have an improved binocular vision.

Chimpanzees possess a larger brain relative to the body size than the other primates hence they are more intelligent.
However, the five digits in the fore limb with opposable thumbs are considerable similarities between these two types on primates. Existence of many species of monkeys in the world today depicts their better ecological adaptability than the chimpanzees.

Monkeys and Chimpanzees are closely related – both are primates However, chimpanzees are evolutionary more related to the humans than the monkeys. Both have big brain capacity in both these animals making them very intelligent and tactful in finding food and shelter to live among others.

The monkeys are adapted to climb and jump among trees. They do not stand in the upright posture but walk with all four limbs most of the time. Only the new world monkeys have a prehensile tail and colour vision in their eyes. All the monkeys have five digits with an opposable thumb in limbs. Additionally, they also have the binocular vision as the other primates. The lifespan could vary from 10 to 50 years, depending on species of the monkey.

While chimpanzees are a type of apes and very closely related with humans, gorillas and orang-utans. There are only two species of chimpanzees in the genus Pan. An adult chimpanzee could weigh up to 70 kilograms and can be as tall as more than 1.6 metres. They have long arms and well suited for walking on the ground than climbing on trees. Their broad soles and short toes of the hind limb are helpful feature for walking and also they can stand in the upright posture as humans. Chimps have a dark colored coat and possess excellent eyesight with binocular and colour vision. Chimpanzees have five digits in each hand with an opposable thumb. Unlike the monkeys and other mammals, chimpanzees do not have a tail. They live up to 40 years in the wild and sometimes up to 60 years in captivity.

About the Author:
Mathias is a specialist in East Africa tourism and a senior tour consultant, organizing tour packages in Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania. He is currently climbing Mount Margherita, the third highest point in Africa found in Rwenzori mountains standing at 5110 meters above sea level.