Print Chimpanzees Reading Comprehension with Sixth Grade Work
Print Chimpanzees Reading Comprehension
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1 Of more than two million animal species on Earth, only a few can claim to be our close relatives. The chimpanzee (or the common chimpanzee) is in this small, prestigious circle. Evidence? Though scientists cannot agree on an exact figure, the genetic similarity between humans and chimpanzees could be as high as 98%!
2 Chimpanzees – "chimps" for short – are quite hairy. With the exception of their bare faces, fingers, palms, and soles, they have sparse black hairs all over their tailless bodies. Standing nearly 5.5 feet tall, chimpanzees have remarkably long arms that reach below their knees. While they are capable of walking upright on two legs, they usually "knuckle-walk" on the ground. This traveling style, used by gorillas as well, requires them to lean forward, let the knuckles of their hands carry most of their up-to-130-pound body weight, and walk on all four limbs.
3 Dwelling in rain forests and grasslands of central and western Africa, chimpanzees live in communities of about 30-70 individuals. Female chimpanzees often leave their birth communities to join a new community when they are ready to breed, but male chimpanzees prefer to stay behind. During the day, members of the community help each other hunt, gather food, groom, and defend territory. At night, each chimp (except for the young still under their mothers' care) is responsible for using branches and leaves to build its own makeshift tree nest high above the ground. It rests there overnight but abandons this temporary sleeping mat the next day.
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