But with chimps now endangered, we risk losing their forest-rebuilding abilities.
People can still learn a great deal about these mammals while keeping a safe distance.
A quirk of psychology that affects the way people learn from others may have helped unlock the complicated technologies and rituals that human culture hinges on.
Shareable online images of chimpanzees, elephants and other animals are threatening their conservation and welfare.
Attacks on chimpanzees are happening at an alarming rate, within and outside national parks.
As a human evolution researcher, I was very excited to work with the creator of the Assassin's Creed games.
Can we really know what animals think? A philosopher argues that we can't, not with any precision.
The way of life primates have evolved to live cannot be replicated in a human home.
Chimpanzees, like humans, possess working memory abilities. They're able to perform similar to seven-year-old children.
The discovery sheds light on how early humans evolved larger brains and the ability to eat meat.
Human-to-ape disease transmission is thought to be a severe threat to the survival of great apes.
Our closest relatives show distinct cultural behaviour in different populations. But those differences are being erased.
An Ig Nobel Prize-winning study suggests we need to rethink why imitation evolved.
Somewhere along our evolutionary path, we lost the ability to defend against hepatitis C. But not all humans lost this ability.
A growing body of evidence points to how animals are aware of death, can experience grief and will sometimes mourn for or ritualize their dead.
Early hominins are thought to have made a new shelter every night, which taught them how to adapt to changing conditions.
The medicinal plants that chimpanzees feed on in the wild could hold the key in dealing with common diseases.
Do chimpanzee talk to each other? Scientists follow and record chimpanzees in the wild to find out – and to fill in details about how human language might have evolved.
The short answer is no. An individual of one species cannot, during its lifetime, turn into another species. But your question helps us think about life, evolution and what it means to be human.
Using real apes and monkeys as actors in film and TV encourages people to see them as pets.