Kanzi: An Extremely Intelligent Chimpanzee Of The World

Kanzi: An Extremely Intelligent Chimpanzee Of The World

Chimpanzees are extremely intelligent and are also known for having the best sense of humor among all animals. Kanzi is one of those chimpanzees that is extraordinarily intelligent and able to perform various tasks such as playing games, cooking, and playing a trumpet. 

Kanzi is a bonobo chimpanzee who has captured the attention of several animal lovers and scientists worldwide with his impressive skills. He is brilliant at performing various tasks.

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Kanzi: An Extremely Intelligent Chimpanzee Of The World

He was born in 1980 at Yerkes Primate Research Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Kanzi’s mother was also very intelligent, and she had been taught to communicate using American Sign Language. So, he might have adopted this from his mother genetically. 

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He was exposed to language and communication at a very young age, which also helped him to develop his cognitive abilities.

Kanzi knows how to cook using fire, make tools using stones, blow balloons and even play trumpet and harmonica. He also likes to play the role-playing game Pac-man. He can also use computers to communicate with other people. 

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Kanzi: An Extremely Intelligent Chimpanzee Of The World

You might be surprised to know that he can use 400 symbols that represent objects and ideas to express his thoughts and feelings, through a computer keyboard. 

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Scientists, who have studied chimpanzees for many years, reported that his intelligence and understanding are equivalent to a 2-and-a-half-year-old child. In addition, he understands almost 3000 English terms and can pronounce words like grape, berries, bananas, eat, run, and toys. 

However, Kanzi does not open up with those who have met him for the first time, but he is good at communicating with people. More than talking, he prefers to chat and answer rhetorical questions. 

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Kanzi: An Extremely Intelligent Chimpanzee Of The World

Undoubtedly, he is good at several things, but he has impressive cooking skills. Kanzi has been taught to use a stove for cooking. He can identify and choose the right ingredients and the appropriate cooking vessels. He also cleans up on his own after finishing cooking. 

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Many people, who are good at cooking, hardly get the chance to showcase their cooking skills to the world, but Kanzi is outstanding. His cooking skills have been showcased in several television programs including the BBC documentary. 

Kanzi: An Extremely Intelligent Chimpanzee Of The World

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Kanzi has been taught to play a lot of games, including ‘tag’ and ‘hide and seek’. We can cheat to win the game, but he doesn’t, he follows the rules and plays fairly. His ability to understand and enjoy the game is certain evidence of his intelligence and ability to learn and adapt. Not only cooking and gaming but he has also been taught to play trumpet, which is one of his unique skills. He can play simple tunes on trumpet and has even performed many times in front of live audiences. 

The media helped to showcase his incredible and unique talents to the world. He has demonstrated that chimpanzees are capable of communication and creativity as well. 

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