How to Draw a Chimpanzee

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Chimpanzee in 8 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

The images above represent how your finished drawing is going to look and the steps involved.

Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Chimpanzee.

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How to Draw a Chimpanzee - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Let's draw a chimpanzee! Trace a long line for the back, making sure to loop it around at the end.

Step 2: Next, trace the lines of the leg in a zigzag so that the leg looks bent! Draw in two short lines at the end of the paw for toes.

Step 3: Trace a line along the back of the first leg since most of the second leg is hidden!

Step 4: Now, draw a short line across the bottom of the chimp for the belly.

Step 5: Draw the first arm much like you drew the legs, being sure to add long knuckles at the end of the arm (instead of toes) for the hand!

Step 6: Now, draw the second arm, tracing it without the fingers so that it looks like your chimp has a closed fist.

Step 7: Trace an oval shape that outlines the head and jaw. Add ears to your chimpanzee, hiding most of the right ear as it's on the other side of the head!

Step 8: Last, draw two small circles for the eyes and trace a heart shape around them for the face. Add a large circle and two smaller circles for the nose and nostrils, then draw a big smile! You have your chimpanzee!

Interesting Facts about Chimpanzees

Despite what some people might think, chimpanzees are not monkeys. Chimps do not have tails, like monkeys do. Chimpanzees live in the tropical rainforests of Africa. They also dwell in woodlands, savannahs, swamps, and bamboo forests. Chimpanzees live in large communities of about fifty, with three to six families living together. The alpha male is the leader of the group.

Did you know?

  • In the wild, chimpanzees have an average lifespan of 50 years old. In captivity, they live to be about 60 years old, on average.
  • Chimpanzees are affectionate. They kiss each other and hold hands.
  • Mothers usually give birth to one baby chimpanzee every five to six years. Baby chimps live with their mothers until they are about 10 years old.
  • Chimpanzees make their own tools with twigs, grass, stones, and other objects. They use these tools for various reasons, such as eating drinking, and even fighting with each other.

Chimpanzees are social and entertaining. This is why they are one of the most popular animals at the zoo. Chimpanzees are highly intelligent. They communicate much like humans do, using hand gestures, sounds, and facial expressions. Chimps in captivity have even learned sign language in order to communicate with their human caretakers.

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