All Things Primate
Lots and lots of primates of all shapes, sizes and species. Very few of these gorgeous photographs, GIFs, videos or articles belong to me but I always try to provide the source. If I’ve missed anything or you want something taking down please do get in touch!

astronomy-to-zoology:

Red-ruffed Lemur (Varecia rubra)

…an endangered species of lemur (Lemuridae) which, like all lemurs, is native to the island of Madagascar, where it is restricted to the rainforests of Masoala Peninsula. Red-ruffed lemurs usually live in small groups (sometimes larger groups are seen) which are lead by females. Like other lemurs, red-ruffed lemurs are mainly frugivores (fruit eaters) and typically seen foraging high in the canopies of trees. 

Currently red-ruffed lemurs are listed as endangered as they face threats from habitat loss due to their need for tall primary forests. Hunting remains a threat to their survival as well. 

Classification

Animalia-Chordata-Mammalia-Primates-Lemuridae-Varecia-V. rubra

Images: Hans Hillewaert and RadioFan

Posted on October 8 with 250 notes at 7:47 pm

Taronga Zoo 036 by Shane Sadoway

Taronga Zoo 036 by Shane Sadoway

Posted on October 6 with 13 notes at 8:15 pm

A primatologist and a baboon are walking down the street. They meet a second primatologist who says, “Hey, what are you doing with that ape?” 

The first primatologist says, “Excuse me, you should know a baboon is not an ape. He’s a type of old world monkey.” 

The second one says, “Yes, I know that, but I wasn’t talking to you.” 


funkysafari:

An orangutan orphan showcases his different point of view at the Nyaru Menteng Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre by WSPA Canada

funkysafari:

An orangutan orphan showcases his different point of view at the Nyaru Menteng Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre by WSPA Canada


Diana monkey 

Diana monkey 

Posted on September 16 with 37 notes at 8:30 pm

Long-tailed macaque by Rebecca Ang

Long-tailed macaque by Rebecca Ang

Posted on September 16 with 40 notes at 8:23 pm

Chimpanzee IQ starts in the genes

Smart chimpanzees often have smart offspring, researchers suggest in one of the first analyses of the genetic contribution to intelligence in apes. The findings, published online in Current Biology, could shed light on how human intelligence evolved, and might even lead to discoveries of genes associated with mental capacity.
A team led by William Hopkins, a psychologist at Georgia State University in Atlanta, tested the intelligence of 99 chimpanzees aged 9 to 54 years old, most of them descended from the same group of animals housed at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center in Atlanta. The chimps faced cognitive challenges such as remembering where food was hidden in a rotating object, following a human’s gaze and using tools to solve problems.
A subsequent statistical analysis revealed a correlation between the animals’ performance on these tests and their relatedness to other chimpanzees participating in the study. About half of the difference in performance between individual apes was genetic, the researchers found.
(Full article from Nature)

Chimpanzee IQ starts in the genes

Smart chimpanzees often have smart offspring, researchers suggest in one of the first analyses of the genetic contribution to intelligence in apes. The findings, published online in Current Biology, could shed light on how human intelligence evolved, and might even lead to discoveries of genes associated with mental capacity.

A team led by William Hopkins, a psychologist at Georgia State University in Atlanta, tested the intelligence of 99 chimpanzees aged 9 to 54 years old, most of them descended from the same group of animals housed at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center in Atlanta. The chimps faced cognitive challenges such as remembering where food was hidden in a rotating object, following a human’s gaze and using tools to solve problems.

A subsequent statistical analysis revealed a correlation between the animals’ performance on these tests and their relatedness to other chimpanzees participating in the study. About half of the difference in performance between individual apes was genetic, the researchers found.

(Full article from Nature)

Posted on September 7 with 34 notes at 5:48 pm

Red Uakaris by Marc Wisniak

Red Uakaris by Marc Wisniak

Posted on September 7 with 18 notes at 5:37 pm

cacajao:

If a tamarin is ~1.1 pounds and has 0.2” upper canines, that is the equivalent to a 150 pound human having 30” canines.

Think about that before you decide that you want to play with/keep a callitrichid as a pet.

Posted on September 7 with 32 notes at 5:37 pm

Coquerel’s sifaka by Jamie Neaves

Coquerel’s sifaka by Jamie Neaves

Posted on September 4 with 28 notes at 5:13 pm