They can communicate using sign language, they’ve starred in numerous films, and they’ve even been sent on missions into space…
Although you may not realise it, we’ve actually got loads in common with apes. Ok, ok, so we’re not covered head-to-toe in fur, we don’t venture outdoors without putting clothes on, and we don’t spend our days swinging from the trees (unless, of course, you’re booked in for a tree top adventure at Go Ape). But, if you spend some time watching an ape go about their daily business, you’ll soon spot many similarities between us and our furry friends.
Apes, like humans, are a social bunch. And similar to us, apes will have their own friendship groups which they’ll spend most of their free time socialising with. But whereas with humans this may mean a conversation or a nice meal, apes show affection for their nearest and dearests through grooming. It’s these small gestures – such as cleaning their buddies’ fur – that reinforce their relationship with their tribe. And just like humans, apes are able to promote peace, stir up fights and make enemies, too!
Humans and apes are both vocal creatures – whether it’s grunting, shouting, screaming or panting – but we both also use facial expressions to communicate how we’re feeling. Apes, like us, are able to show surprise, confusion, happiness and aggressiveness non-verbally. If your friend flashes their pearly-whites at you, chances are you’ve made them happy; if an ape bares his teeth at you, chances are he’s not a happy monkey.
Another thing we share in common with our furry chums is the use of tools. Apes have been known to use spears as hammers, mash leaves together for sponges and sharpen twigs for termite fishing, using what’s around them to make their lives that little bit easier – just like us.
So, why not get your tribe together and spend an afternoon being a bit more, well, ape?! Choose from numerous Go Ape locations across the UK for an afternoon of monkeying around in the tree tops.