There are many types of wonderful primates. But Primates Incorporated can only retire certain species. Can you guess which and why? Click on their faces to learn more about each.
Chimps aren’t monkeys, like Gorillas, they’re apes. But apes and monkeys are interestingly, both Primates!
Primates are mammals that share many unique characteristics. In general, they have hair instead of fur, a higher brain-to-body size ratio and more intelligence than other animals. Most have fingernails instead of claws. They also have finger pads, and opposable thumbs which give them the ability to grasp with their fingers and/or toes. Most primates, except for the more primitive species, are active during the day and rely more on vision than on smell. Because their eyes tend to be on the front of their face, they have binocular vision, meaning they have depth perception.
Unknown to many, monkeys are not apes. Great apes belong to the distinct superfamily hominoidea, and are genetically and physically very different from monkeys. Surprisingly, there are only 5 distinct species of great apes and over 100 species of monkeys. Yet great apes tend to attract a wider audience due to their genetic and behavioral similarities to humans. Great ape retirement from biomedical research has been a priority for years; however, monkeys have not received the same advocacy. Now that chimpanzees have been retired from research, it is time to focus on retiring monkeys since thousands are living in research laboratories and they too are primates deserving of our respect.
1. Great Apes
2. Small-bodied Apes (Lesser Apes)
3. Old World Monkeys
4. New World Monkeys
Note: The examples above represent the 5 different groups of primates. There are over 100 species of monkeys. It wouldn’t be realistic to show them all here.
What’s So Lip Smacking Good?
Monkeys smack their lips as a friendly gesture to one another. It is one of the behaviors Primates Inc. measures to assess whether monkeys are compatible. They also smack their lips when they eat their yummy and juicy new diets at the sanctuary!
Photo: A pair of affectionate Barbery monkeys. They are not Primates Inc. residents but are the type that can be retired here.
Frequently Asked Questions
Monkeys are quiet most of the time while they perform their most common social activities: foraging and grooming one another.
- They all are collectively loud just before feeding times (primate “cheers” from excitement)
- The monkeys will be fed indoors twice daily – once in morning and once at night
- During nighttime feeding, the monkeys will cooperatively enter their indoor enclosures for the night
- They can be loud when encountering a disruption of some kind like a train or a flock of birds (may hear a few warning calls to each other)
- They are loud if there is a conflict in the group which usually sorts itself out in a few minutes
We will attempt to minimize noise by:
- Building enclosures as far in from the perimeter of the property as possible
- Planting additional trees around enclosures and perimeter to help minimize noise
- Primates will be housed indoors at night so no outside noise will be heard after 7pm