Scientists have identified a new species of #GreatApe on the Indonesian island of #Sumatra : the #TapanuliOrangutan . With only 800 individuals left, this is the most #endangered Great Ape species in the world. Follow the link in bio to learn more.
Photo credit: James Askew
The greatest Keeper days at @colchester_zoo. Also featuring Rajang, the very famous and incredibly clever Sumatran orangutan. You can find him on YouTube communicating with people by recognising pregnancy bumps, tattoos and admiring magic tricks! #rajang#colchesterzoo#orangutan#greatape
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Photo by @FransLanting When you work with wild chimps, you can’t hide your intentions—they see right through you. It’s best to be patient and polite. After all, when you’re following them on foot in the forest, you’re on their home turf. Only after we had spent several weeks tracking one group of chimps in a remote part of Senegal did we experience the beginnings of acceptance. In this portrait of a young male named “Mike” you can feel his scrutiny. We covered him and the others in his community on assignment for National Geographic, and profiled the work of primatologist Jill Pruetz, a Nat Geo Explorer who has documented these chimps for many years. Chimps and bonobos are our nearest relatives on the great tree of life, but we’re not treating them exactly like family—they are highly endangered. Habitat loss and the bushmeat trade are impacting their lives wherever they occur in west and central Africa. Follow me @FransLanting to see a newborn chimp and to learn how you can help make a difference for chimps.
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Today is Monkey Day!
We celebrate it to raise awareness of all primates! This includes monkeys, tarsiers, lemurs and apes. World monkey day was founded in 2000 by artists Casey Sorrow and Eric Millikin whilst they were students at Michigan State University. The annual event has over the years gained the support of large organisations such as the National Geographic and Greenpeace, and prominent individuals such as Jane Goodall and Ellen DeGeneres. .
There are over 250 species of monkeys, which are further categorised into two groups: new world monkeys, which are found in the Americas, and old world monkeys found in Asia and Africa. Monkey’s habitats vary depending on their species but are generally tree dwellers. .
Every one of the world's 22 species of apes, which include great apes and gibbons, is threatened with extinction.
There are 24 critically endangered species of monkeys and one of the most endangered species is the Golden-headed Langur. They are found on the 140 square kilometre Cat Ba Island of northeast Vietnam. They have always had a low population due to their small habitat with their numbers hovering at 2500 in the 1960s. However hunting for body parts to be used in traditional medicines has dramatically reduced the population to only 53 individuals by 2000. They were listed as a critically endangered species in 2007, and their number is hovering around 55 individuals today. They are protected in the local national park and there are numerous rangers patrolling to prevent poaching. However only three of the seven isolated groups are producing offspring, due to a scarcity in males. .
Fun fact: The smallest monkey, the pygmy marmoset is about 5 inches (13 cm) tall, while the largest, the mandrill can grow up to 3 feet (1 m) in height.
📸: Neahga Leonard and courtesy of the Cat Ba Langur Conservation Project.
It is with deep sadness that we report the death of another silverback: Kanyonyi, 21 year old leader of Mubare group, died on December 9th after sustaining serious injuries during multiple attacks by a solitary silverback named Maraya.
Kanyonyi was made more vulnerable to attack following a fall from a tree on September 2nd. He was found lame and unable to move and was therefore treated with anti-inflammatory drugs by Gorilla Doctors veterinarian Dr. Ricky. Throughout the month of September he exhibited difficulty using his hind limbs and on the 9th, Maraya attacked Kanyonyi for the first time.
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Gorillas are one of our closest living relatives – we share around 98% of our DNA with these great apes. Because of this, gorillas are extremely susceptible to infectious diseases that we carry. With no immunity, even the common cold can kill. Here NWS Linda wears a facemask to protect the gorilla family she visited recently in the Democratic Republic of Congo, seen in the background of this image.
Linda is currently exploring @virunganationalpark, Africa’s oldest and most biodiverse national park. In amongst her travels she’ll be tracking wild mountain gorillas, visiting a facility for mountain gorilla orphans, and summiting Mount Nyiragongo, an 11,380 ft peak which contains the world’s largest lava lake. You can keep up to date with Linda’s journey on her blog – a link is in our bio.