Welcome to Primate Facts! 

This page is dedicated to all the weird and wonderful primates around the world. From harmonious tunes, to funny names; delve into the Wonder of Primate Facts. Accompanying each fact are beautifully illustrated images of the species in question. It's important to Us here at Primate Wonder to support creative people as art and creation is a growing platform to educate and excite people about conservation. 

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Gibbons use their elaborate songs to defend their territories and scare off potential predators. Adult male and female gibbons display rhythmic duets to strengthen their social bonds, singing different songs.

18/05/2020
Illustration by @gin_illustrates

THE SINGING GIBBONS

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Tibetan macaques (Macaca thibetana) are the largest of the Macaca genus. Endemic to east-central China, local people call them “bear monkeys”, perhaps due to their large size. The average body weight for adult males, adult females and new-borns are 16.4 kg, 11.0 kg, and 0.60 kg.

28/05/2020
Illustration by @gin_illustrates

THE 'BEAR' MONKEY

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Capuchin monkeys use rocks to crack open nuts and thin sticks to flush insects out of small holes. The black-striped capuchin (Sapajus libinosus) was the first non-ape primate documented to use tools in the wild.

02/06/2020
Illustration by @gin_illustrates

THE TOOL USING MONKEY

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Scent marking in male ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta) is used to mark territory and communicate to a female. Males will mix secretion produced by scent glands on his wrists and chest. This potent smell will then be rubbed on nearby trees or the tail of the male.

13/06/2020
Illustration by @scribblesbyshel

THE SMELLY LEMUR

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During Dutch colonisation, the proboscis monkey (Nasalis larvatus) was given the name “monyet belanda’, or Dutch monkey, by the local communities. This was most likely due to these primates resemblance to the Dutchman’s rounded bellies and bulbous noses. 

21/06/2020
Illustration by @gin_illustrates

A DUTCH NICKNAME

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The Red Shanked douc langur (Pygathix nemaeus) is one of three species. “Douc” is an ancient Vietnamese word meaning monkey. This species is also referred to as “Vooc Ngu Sac” meaning “Fiver-coloured Macaque” and are considered “Queen of Primates” due to their distinctive colouration. 

30/06/2020
Illustration by @gin_illustrates

THE DOUC WITH MANY NAMES

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The Madame Berthes's mouse lemur (Microcebus berthae) is the smallest lemur in the world, and also the smallest primate in the world. The average body weight for this species is approximately 9.2cm and weighs in at 30g (1.1 oz). 

06/07/2020
Illustration by @scribblesbyshel

WORLD'S SMALLEST PRIMATE

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Bonobos (Pan paniscus) use copulation and genital rubbing frequently. This helps reduce tension between each other after fights and in uncertain situations.

10/01/2021
Illustration by @geekmindcreations

SEX OVER AGGRESSION

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The Tapanuli orangutan (Pongo tapanuliensis) was only recently described  as a distinct species with DNA being analysed in 2017. Although sighted in 1939 and 1997 it took genetic studies to conclude a new species.

07/02/2021
Illustration by @geekmindcreations

THE NEW APE

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Much like humans, a sign of aging in the stump-tailed macaque (Macaca arctoides) is balding. This species will experience hair loss patterns similar to male humans. Males and females will experience hair loss as they age. 

25/02/2021
Illustration by @joyrobchap

A BALDING PROBLEM

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Long-tailed macaque's (Macaca fascicularis) are considered sacred at some Buddhist and Hindu temples. Many believe these monkeys are the descendents of Hanuman, the monkey-hero of the Hindu figure Rama. 

04/03/2021
Illustration by @geekmindcreations

THE MONKEY GOD

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Woolly monkeys (Lagothrix) have prehensile tails. This is similar to having a fifth hand to aid with manoeuvring through the trees.

12/03/2021
Illustration by @geekmindcreations

A HANDY TAIL

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SEEING DOUBLE

Golden lion tamarins’ (Leontopithecus rosalia) usually give birth to twins. This is very uncommon for primates as for many species, young require a lot of care.

19/03/2021

Illustration by @joyrobchap

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Baby Red-faced spider monkeys (Ateles paniscus) are born with dark coloured faces. As the baby matures the colouration lightens into a red face.

02/04/2021

Illustration by @joyrobchap

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BABY FACED

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