Category Archives: Great Apes

My Hometown Enters the Primatology Big Leagues: International Orangutan Center in Indianapolis

The new orangutan facility at the Indianapolis Zoo is really impressive. We checked it out this past summer while visiting my family in Indy. The facility is a network of buildings, outdoor space, & climbing structures that the individuals can navigate … Continue reading

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Chimpanzees (Common or aka Robust)

Order: Primates Family: Hominidae Subfamily: Homininae Genus: Pan Species: Pan troglodytes The first European contact with chimpanzees happened in Angola during the 17th century by a Portuguese explorer named Duarte Pacheco, the dairy that he kept was also the first … Continue reading

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Bornean Orangutan

Order: Primates Family: Hominidae Subfamily: Ponginae Genus: Pongo Species: P. pygmaeus The Bornean orangutan is one of three subspecies of orangutan and can only be found in Southeast Asia on the island of Borneo. Growing up to 5’ tall, these … Continue reading

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