Did you know that you’re an ape? That’s right. Humans belong to the ape family. But, apes, as we think of them, are large, intelligent animals that live in Africa and Asia. The ape family includes gorillas, chimpanzees, orangutans, bonobos and gibbons.
Apes are omnivores, just like many of us. They eat mostly fruits and plants, but they occasionally snack on insects. Their arms are longer than their legs and they don’t have tails. Apes are good parents. They only have babies once every 5 to 7 years. The babies stay with them for a long time. Apes make nests out of leaves to sleep in. They also have their babies here. Some apes, such as orangutans, make a new nest every night.
Apes live longer than most mammals. Some live 50 years or more.
Fun Facts about Apes for Kids
- Adult male orangutans inflate a pouch in their throat to make a deep noise. This noise can be heard almost one mile.
- Baby orangutans stay with their mother until they are 6 or 7 years old.
- Gorillas live in big families called harems.
- Chimpanzees have the same blood type as humans.
- Bonobos use sticks as weapons.
- Intelligent: Smart, clever, quick
- Omnivores: An animal that eats both plants and meat
- Inflate: Fill with air
- Troops: Large family groups
- Weapons: A material used to defend against an enemy
Learn More All About Apes
Check out this cool video all about apes’ abilities compared to humans’:
A video documentary about the similarities of apes and humans.
Question: Name the members of the ape family?
Answer: Gorillas, chimpanzees, orangutans, bonobos, gibbons, and humans.
Question: Name one way chimpanzees resemble humans?
Answer: They use facial expressions to communicate.
Question: How strong are chimpanzees?
Answer: An adult male is up to 6 times stronger than a human adult male.
Important Members of Apes
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