Uganda Chimpanzees; Man’s Closest Relatives
Chimpanzees are one of the unique species of primates found in Uganda. Chimpanzees have similar resemblance with the mountain gorillas but differ in their unique nature and have attracted lots of safaris to Uganda. Chimpanzees are known to be sharing a common ancestor with man about 4 to 6 million years ago and they carry a DNA of 94% similar to that of human.
Chimpanzees feed on vegetation and fruits. They have a troop hunting culture based on beta males led by an alpha male (a dominant male). The alpha is the highest ranking male that controls the group and maintains order during disputes. They have a complex social relationship and lives in a large multi male and female social groups called communities. They live in a leaner hierarchy where in more than one individual may be dominant enough to control other members of lower rank, in chimpanzee society, the dominant male is the most manipulative and political male that can influence the what goes on in the group.
Chimpanzees have similar communication like human beings. They use hand gestures, facial expressions and vocalizations to communicate to one other. Adult chimps are very aggressive and can kill other chimpanzees when they threaten their territories. The primate portrays some of the life style of man, an evidence to be the closest relatives of man. Chimps laughing has little different with man because of their adaptation. They respond to words and sign language
These primates are found in Kibale national park, Budongo forest reserve and in Ngamba Island. Chimpanzee trekking safaris offer you the unique experience while on your safaris in Uganda.
Uganda safaris to Kibale National Park also offer tourists chances of spotting different bird species, forest buffaloes, baboons, different types of monkeys and other animals hence providing tourists with a colorful memory to take home. From Kibale, one can easily conect to Bwindi Impenetrable National park for gorilla tracking adventure. Here you also have chances to see more chimpanzees and other primates along side birds.