Pan is in reference to the Greek God of nature, while paniscus means pygmy Pan.
Family: Hominidae (Great Apes)
Fun Fact: “During rest periods, grooming is a common activity. It occurs most frequently between a male and female, though often between two females. It has been interpreted as not a greeting, courtship, or tension-relieving behavior, but rather as an ‘inter-individual affinity’ or group cohesion activity.” (ADW)
Habitat: They are endemic to the rainforest of the Congo Basin.
Ecosystem Role: They act as seed dispersers mainly eating fruit, but will also consume other parts of plants fro stems to flowers. They will help keep some insect populations in check. Their only documented predator are humans, although it is likely that leopards and pythons could also prey on them. (ADW)
Conservation status: Endangered