All Things Primate

Haha sorry this is random but I found the source for one of the gorilla pictures you posted about 2 weeks ago- the one of the mom holding the baby.  

Her name is Mandara and the baby is Kibibi- they live at the National Zoo where I volunteer at the Ape House. I recognized her immediately but it took some digging to find the source. Enjoy!

The photographer has some pretty awesome primate shots from the National Zoo and a couple other zoos on the East Coast so it’s definitely worth checking out his flickr.

— karasratworld

Hello Kara, thank you so much for taking the time to find the source and send me this. I have amended the click-through link (which I think just went through to Pinterest before? Not very helpful…my apologies!) and have written a caption with a link to the Meet the Gorillas page on the zoo website. I am incredibly jealous of your position as a volunteer there - it must be so interesting (but also very hard work!) spending time with such a unique group of primates. 

I will also have a closer look at the photographer’s other stuff and have no doubt that much of it will be appearing on this blog in the very near future! 

Thanks again for your help,

- Kristine (owner of allthingsprimate) 

anthrocity:

Chimps, much like humans focus on faces:

A chimp’s attention is captured by faces more effectively than by bananas. A series of experiments suggests that the apes are wired to respond to faces in a similar manner to humans.

See yet another way we are similar to out closest living relative. Also, perhaps more importantly, tips on how to get scientists to give you a treat.

anthrocity:

Chimps, much like humans focus on faces:

A chimp’s attention is captured by faces more effectively than by bananas. A series of experiments suggests that the apes are wired to respond to faces in a similar manner to humans.

See yet another way we are similar to out closest living relative. Also, perhaps more importantly, tips on how to get scientists to give you a treat.

theolduvaigorge:

My Primate Family TreeEdinburgh Zoo

I was approached a while back by Edinburgh Zoo to design ‘My Primate Family Tree’ for the Living Links department of the zoo. It was to be an educational mural to show a few representatives from the hundreds of living primates, and tell us how closely related we are to each with the bonus of being able to take part in the picture and then completing the link. It fills an outside space of 2.3m x 3m. Every monkey and ape was drawn individually and all pieced together at the final artwork stage and then printed onto 3 panels.

The base of the tree represents the evolutionary origin of primates about 65 million years ago. The Capuchin and Squirrel monkeys on the bottom left represent the primates of the ‘New World’ (The Americas) that split from other evolving primates about 35 million years ago. Next, the Gelada Baboon, Japanese Macaque and Diana Monkey on the top left represent the ‘Old World’ monkeys of Africa and Asia that split from the apes shown on the right about 25 million years ago. Our closest relative is the Chimpanzee, then it’s the Gorilla and then the Orang-utan. These great apes and ourselves are a family that share a common ancestor about 14 million years ago.”

For more information about the divergence of humans and apes see:

steroge:

Bald uakari (Cacajao calvus)
(World’s most comprehensive guide to primates)

Their red faces are thought to be an indication of health, since those infected with malaria have paler faces than those that are immune.(x)

steroge:

Bald uakari (Cacajao calvus)

(World’s most comprehensive guide to primates)

Their red faces are thought to be an indication of health, since those infected with malaria have paler faces than those that are immune.(x)

thebrainscoop:

Mouse lemur (Microcebus sp.) from the zoological collection. In addition to having adorably gigantic orbitals to aid in their nocturnal behaviors, mouse lemurs are also the smallest of all primates with an average head, body, and tail length no more than 11 inches (27cm). I want one in my pocket.

thebrainscoop:

Mouse lemur (Microcebus sp.) from the zoological collection. In addition to having adorably gigantic orbitals to aid in their nocturnal behaviors, mouse lemurs are also the smallest of all primates with an average head, body, and tail length no more than 11 inches (27cm). I want one in my pocket.

A macaque monkey appears to be laughing as it tickles its own feet in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.

A macaque monkey appears to be laughing as it tickles its own feet in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.

Mandrill

Mandrill

theadvancedapes:

Are Chimpanzees Cultural?

Baby red howler monkey

Baby red howler monkey

Pygmy marmoset

Pygmy marmoset