These intelligent primates inhabit bushlands and forests near the equator in Africa. They have complex social structure and form loose-knit communities of more than 60 members. Chimpanzees make and use tools to break open nuts and fish for insects and honey. Depending on the region, chimpanzees eat a variety of fruit, vegetation, nuts, ants, termites, and occasionally meat. Once abundant, chimpanzees are now severely endangered with less than an estimated 150,000 living in the wild. At the NC Zoo, learn about international efforts to help these fascinating animals and what you can do.