Category Archives: Primate Biography

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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Siamangs!

Order: Primates Family: Hylobatidae Genus: Symphalangus Species: S. syndactylus   Symphalangus syndactylus, also known as the siamang, is the largest of the many species of gibbons. Both male and female siamangs have black hair and grey or pink throat sacs. They can range in height from … Continue reading

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The Francois Langur

Order: Primate Suborder: Anthropoidea Family: Cercopithecidae Subfamily: Colombinae Genus: Trachypithecus (formerly Presbytis) Species: Francoisi Trachypithecus francoisi, better known as the Francois Langur can be found in Southeatern Asia: from Southeastern China to Central Laos and Vietnam. They tend to be … Continue reading

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Black and White Colobus Monkey

The Black and White Colobus Monkey is an Old World Monkey species that belongs to the Cercopithecidae family. The species is known for its ‘beautiful’ black fur that is contrasted exquisitely by a white mantle that hangs extensively off its back side, … Continue reading

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The Cotton Top Tamarin

  Saguinus oedipus, or more commonly known as the cotton top tamarin is a New World primate that belongs to the Callitrichidae family. The cotton top tamarin can be found climbing and jumping through the tree tops of tropical forests in … Continue reading

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Tufted Capuchins

Cebus apella of the Cebidae family is better known as the tufted capuchin.  The tufted capuchin is a New World primate located in South America.  Tufted capuchins spend most of their time within the mid-canopy of rain-forests; however they do … Continue reading

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The Philippine Tarsier

This cute little guy is a Philippine tarsier (Carlito syrichta). He is often called “the world’s smallest monkey,” but this is not fully accurate. The problem isn’t one of size, but of classification. Different scientists classify the tarsiers either as … Continue reading

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Pygmy Slow Loris

This Pygmy Slow Loris is named Otti-ly, the daughter of Basil and Pumpkin. She was born Feb. 5, 2010 in the Minnesota Zoological Garden. She is kept in a dimly lit display environment at her current location in the Philadelphia … Continue reading

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Get to know a Bamboo Lemur

  This is Hamish, the Sambirano bamboo lemur.  He was born at the Banham Zoo in September of 2010.  He was hand reared by a zookeeper after his mother rejected him.  He had to be bottle fed day and night  … Continue reading

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