Pan – Chimpanzees

Native to tropical Africa, this genus included only Chimps until Bonobos were described on 1929

These two species of apes are also collectively referred to as panins. However, commonly they are both together known as chimps. Their geographic range covers large parts of central and western Africa. Chimpanzees and bonobos (also called pygmy chimpanzees) are our closest relatives in evolutionary terms, sharing a common ancestor nearly 7 million years ago.

Both chimpanzee and bonobo are endangered species, and there are strict rules in place nowadays that discourages the use of chimps in any activity other than scientific research and conservation-oriented activities. But because these animals share a habitat with humans, the ultimate success of such efforts is heavily reliant upon their people’s involvement.