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Great Apes and Man

Primate Gallery Archive

Primate Gallery Archive

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.


Silverback – Western Lowland Gorilla

gorilla named pete at woodland park zoo

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



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

Lowland Gorilla – adult female

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Alafia, an adult female Lowland Gorilla (2001)

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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).

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