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The Making of a Diorama

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Pan troglodytes (Blumenbach, 1775)

Chimpanzee diorama in the African Mammal Hall


 Mahale Mountains, Tanzania


 Maurice A. Machris and Thornton N. Snider

Background artist:

 Robert Russell Reid

Also present:

 Black-billed Turaco (Tauraco schuetti),
Black-headed Weaver (Ploceus melanocephalus),
Greater Blue-eared Starling (Lamprotornis chalybeus),
Green pigeon (Treron australis),
Red-headed Bluebill (Spermophaga ruficapilla),
Splendid Glossy Starling (Lamprotornis splendidus)

Chimpanzees are our closest living relatives and share 95-98% of their DNA with humans.

Chimpanzees have a troop hunting culture, based on beta males led by a relatively weak alpha male, and highly  complex social relationships. They rarely live past 50 in the wild but may reach 60 in captivity.

Biological Information

Range map for the chimpanzee


Equatorial Africa from Senegal to western Uganda and Tanzania


Rain forests and forest galleries but extending into savanna woodland


Western form endangered; central and eastern forms vulnerable


Omnivorous; fruit, seeds, leaves, insects, birds, eggs, and occasional small mammals

Further information about this species may be found on the Animal Diversity Web page for chimpanzee.