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A new version of the Primate Gallery is in development. Unfortunately, the Primate Gallery is no longer available on the website, since Apple recently canceled this web service.

Recently discovered primate species and hundreds of photos will be added to this primatology website.


Rondo Dwarf Galago

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Rondo Dwarf Galago by Stephen Nash

Siamangs Singing

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Siamangs calling (female - left; male - right)

A mature pair of siamangs sing a duet song that lasts approximately 15 minutes.

Learn about Siamangs

Patas Monkey

Patas Monkey

Patas monkey (Erythrocebus patas) foraging for food.

Patas monkeys, also known as red guenons, are old world monkeys that live in family groups. They are primarily ground-dwelling – being often found in open bush and grass savannas. Note the distinct black face and white moustache.

White-collared Mangabey

White-collared Mangabey

White-collared Mangabey (Cercobebus torquatus) at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans

Common marmoset

Common marmosets (Callithrix jacchus). Photo by Claire F.I. Watson

Common Marmoset Care, a new website, promotes the welfare of captive common marmosets (Callithrix jacchus) and illustrates their behavioural repertoire.

Designed to be approachable and fun to use, as well as instructive, the site is interactive and is illustrated extensively with photos and over 120 video clips to enjoy.

Silverback – Western Lowland Gorilla

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Pete - a Western Lowland Gorilla at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle


Tarsius syrichta by Jasper Greek Golangco

Philippine Tarsier (Tarsius syrichta), Photo by Jasper Greek Golangco

Tiny Primates With Ultrasonic Vocal Skills

By SINDYA N. BHANOO, The New York Times February 9, 2012

One of the world’s smallest primates turns out to be the only one that is ultrasonic, making and receiving calls that are outside the range of human hearing.

The animal is the tarsier, a five-inch-tall creature with pointy ears and large, round eyes. Tarsiers (pronounced TAR-see-ers) are considered endangered and are found only on islands in Southeast Asia — the Philippines, Sulawesi, Borneo and Sumatra. Read more

Tarsius syrichta photo

Vervet monkey

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Vervet monkey (Chlorocebus). Photo © Lys Hornsby

Vervets are small, greenish-olive or silver-gray monkeys that are common in East Africa. They adapt easily to many environments and are the most widespread of the African monkeys.



Orangutan male (Pongo pygmaeus)

Orangutans (oh-RANG-uh-tans) belong to the family Hominidae, which includes all four great apes: gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos and orangutans. Distinct species of orangutans live on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra in Southeast Asia.

In the Malay and Indonesian language, orang means “people” and hutan “forest,” thus orangutan literally means “people of the forest.” (

Orangutan Facts

Golden Lion Tamarin

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Golden lion tamarin (Leontopithecus rosalia)

Only about 1,000 golden lion tamarins remain in the wild – inhabiting a small area of tropical forest northeast of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The rich color of their coat is thought to be a product of sunlight exposure and the presence of carotenids in their diet.  A special characteristic of this group of primates is their tendency to give birth to twins, which is unusual among primates.

Golden lion tamarin facts

Hamadryas Baboon

Hamadryas Baboon

Hamadryas Baboon (Papio hamadryas)

Baboon Facts

Tufted Capuchin


Tufted Capuchin (Cebus apella) Also known as black-capped capuchin or brown capuchin.

The capuchin has a long prehensile tail, that can wrap around a branch for support – freeing their hands while foraging for food. The tail is also used for balance and serves as a brake while descending. Locomotion is mainly quadrupedal while traveling through the trees.

Capuchin Facts

Goeldi’s Monkey

Goeldi's Monkey

Goeldi's Monkey (Callimico goeldii), also known as Goeldi's marmoset.

Goeldi’s monkeys are a monotypic species, and are placed in their own genus Callimico (Groves 2005). Goeldi’s Monkey Facts

Owl-faced Monkey

Owl-faced or Hamlyn's Monkey

Owl-faced or Hamlyn's Monkey (Cercopithecus hamlyni)

Guenon Facts (Cercopithecus)

Pygmy Marmoset

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Pygmy marmoset (Callithrix pygmaea)

Pygmy marmosets are the smallest monkeys in the world, weighing a mere 119 g (4.20 oz) on average and measuring, on average, 136 mm (5.35 in).
Pygmy Marmoset Facts

Lowland Gorilla – adult female

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Alafia, an adult female Lowland Gorilla (2001)

Learn facts about Gorillas


Alafia - note the opposable toe. A juvenile gorilla plays with a stick, while a silverback sleeps in the background.



Bonobo (Pan paniscus) Photo © Emmanuelle Grundmann, Paris, France

Bonobo Facts

Bonobos are sometimes called pygmy chimpanzees even though they are about the same size as chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). Overall, they have a more gracile, or slender, build than chimpanzees. Also known as bonobo chimpanzee, gracile ape, lesser chimpanzee, or pygmy chimp.

Locomotion patterns in bonobos include quadrupedal knuckle walking, modified brachiation and some bipedalism (Rowe 1996).

Learn about the Chimpanzee

Olive Baboon

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Olive baboon carrying her young. Photo © Lys Hornsby
Olive Baboon Male
Olive Baboon Male (Papio anubis). Photo © Lys Hornsby

Males and females are sexually dimorphic, with the males being about twice as large as females.

Olive Baboon Facts

History of the Primate Gallery


Primate Gallery in 2012

In 1994, I conducted an extensive search for primate images on the Internet. At that time there were no books that had information and images of all living primate species. Unfortunately, I only found a few good primate photos and no organized image database on the Internet.

The Primate Gallery is an effort to collect images of all living primate species and distribute them for free on the Web. When the site was launched in early 1995 it was one of the first Web sites focusing on primatology and the first primate image database.

For the first few years, the website was hosted at a research center in Seattle. Later the content moved to a faster web server at the University of Washington. In 2012, the Primate Gallery was reformatted to be hosted as a WordPress blog.

- Tim Knight, Curator


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