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Tarsier

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

vervet monkey

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

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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.” (zoo.org)

Orangutan Facts

Golden Lion Tamarin

Golden lion tamarin

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

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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