Tag archives for Primates

Tonight on Animal Fight Night, a tripleheader of animal brawls features throwdowns from the plains of Africa to the South Pole to the inside of a shark’s womb. First up is Savannah Smackdown, where Africa’s wildest animals turn on their own kind, fighting to the death on the plains’ unforgiving battleground. Hippos defend their harems,…

This landmark three-part special, Wild China, gains unprecedented access into this most enigmatic of countries, to reveal a land of astonishing complexity.  A land of immense cultural diversity and a wide range of traditional lifestyles – often in close partnership with nature. However, China faces immense social and environmental problems– many rare species unique to…

Orangutan Jungle Trek

Sepilok Forest is a protected area of wild jungle along the Kinabatangan River in Malaysian Borneo. Each year only 300 people are allowed access to a restricted study site deep within the forest. 

 This reserve – situated in the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary – is utilized by Red Ape Encounters, HUTAN and other research…

Observing Monkeys

Deep in the tropical jungle wilderness of Gabon, red capped mangabeys swing through the trees and roam across the forest floor. This primate species is only found in a small area of central Africa, and very little is known about them. The red capped mangabey has unique markings, including a dark face, tufts of red…

Endangered Gorillas

© Nat Geo Wild It’s possible that 100,000 endangered western lowland gorillas live in the lush, dense forests of the Congo Basin. But because of the thick rainforest habitat, it’s difficult for scientists to estimate how many of these animals are left in the wild. And since illegal hunting, logging and outbreaks of disease threaten…

Baboon Society

Among the forested islands and wildlife-rich floodplains of Botswana lies the highest concentration of baboons in Africa. Get an inside look into the heart of baboon society.Swamp of the Baboons premieres Thursday December 16 at 8P et/pt on Nat Geo Wild. Meet some of the baboons… Boro: The Alpha When we join the swamp troop, Boro is…

Rain Forest Chimps

Researchers are learning that chimps, like humans, display cultural differences. Watch a video preview of tonight’s episode of Africa’s Great Rift: Chimps Among the Lakes airing at 9P et/pt.

Monkey Escape

From house burglaries to lorry truck looting, monkey crimes have escalated on the streets of Jaipur. But with new monkey catcher recruits on the loose, these pesky primates must make a quick escape. The city troop of rogue monkeys are smart – they’ve memorized catcher Dhanna Lal’s face and flee at the sound of his truck.…

Orangutan Nests

An aerial photo of an orangutan nest. Orangutans spend much of their lives in the trees. At a very young age, they learn to construct nests from their mothers. When orangutans mature, they are a solitary species, moving through the forest and building nests in trees. This past August, while on an ecotour in Borneo, I had the opportunity…

Odd-Looking Monkeys

Out of all primates, proboscis monkeys could win the title of most odd-looking. With their pendulous noses, enormous bellies and seemingly velvet suit, this species is full of physical oddities. Photo Credit: Ged Caddick  Proboscis monkeys’ stomachs are chambered into multiple sections, similar to a cow. Their bellies aren’t oversized because of overeating – they’re actually full of…

Red Ape Relatives

As orangutans and humans are 96.4% the same genetically and share 28 distinct physical characteristics, it’s no wonder this magnificent creature’s name means person of the forest in Malay.  One controversial study even concluded that orangutans – not chimpanzees – are our closest relatives. Some telltale signs of our red ape relatives? Densely enameled molar teeth with level surfaces…

Monkey Tails

All monkeys might be primates, but they’re divided into two categories – Old World and New World – depending upon several characteristics. And one factor that helps identify these groups is the tail, and whether this limb is for grasping or balancing while aloft. Although not all New World species have a prehensile tail, spider monkeys have a…

Playful Forest Monkeys

Long-tailed macaques are an old world monkey species that spends most of the day eating, napping, traveling and socializing. They can balance from great heights with their long tails and even jump sixteen feet to reach another tree branch.  At nighttime, long-tailed macaques huddle against one another for warmth. And if pursued by a predator –…

Orangutan Bridges

Wild orangutans living along the Kinabatangan River in Borneo now have a little help with exploring their broken forest: man-made bridges.  “We’re trying to solve the problem of fragmented forest by finding solutions,” says Dr. Marc Ancrenaz, a Sabah, Malaysia-based wildlife biologist and the Director of HUTAN. “We are identifying bottlenecks… There are no natural bridges…

Forest Elephants

Going into their third week, Julie and Guy are approached by the monkeys, who are curious about their new neighbors in the canopy. Climbing experts help Julie set up a platform to observe the mangabeys’ sleeping zone and closely interact with them. Meanwhile, Guy teams up with an elephant expert to learn more about the…

Dying for the Monkey Cause

Rani’s former enemy saves the day and has plans to recapture the ultimate monkey residence for the Galta gang — the Galta Temple. New episodes of Rebel Monkeys airs on Nat Geo Wild Wednesdays starting at 8P et/pt. Video Preview: Rani and Zmir finally attempt a violent recovery of their temple turf, but their success…

Monkeys Hunt for Breakfast

In Jaipur, things go from bad to worse for Rani and her rhesus macaque troop. Her alpha male has been captured by monkey catchers; her baby son Teejay is missing; and she’s lost her beloved temple home to the langur monkeys. To make matters worse, Rani has no idea her old enemy Zamir is back…

Living Like a Monkey

Julie Anderson and wilderness expert Guy Grieve trek into the African jungle to study the elusive red-capped mangabey monkey. They get settled into the treetop shelter where they will live for six weeks to be closer to the monkeys and safe from predators at night. As Guy works to make their new home livable, hunting…

Acrobatic Jungle Monkeys

As the expedition starts to wind down, the team continues to observe the monkey group at their feeding zone. Julie enlists the help of the climbing team to rig ropes for her to climb into the upper branches of a tree almost as tall as a 20-story building, where she can study each distinct call…

Hungry Monkeys

After being exiled from the luxurious Galta temple, it seemed that Zamir was destined to a life of hunger. But by joining up with a troop of rural renegades, Zamir is slowly adapting to his new environment. Not along ago, Zamir was feasting on nuts, sweets and fruit. But now, sitting alongside a highway in…

Monkeys Raid Rickshaw

Bipin and the Galta gang splinter group wake in an abandoned temple on the edge of Jaipur. There’s nothing to eat or drink, and last night they heard terrifying sounding creatures prowling the fields nearby. Troop leader Devdan faces the biggest decision of his life. Should he lead his gang back to Jaipur, or risk…

Gorilla Murders airs on Nat Geo Wild Thursday July 1 at 10P et/pt. In July 2007 a haunting photo makes it out of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. A family of 4 rare mountain gorillas is shot to death at point blank range. The world is shocked. Why would anyone kill these charismatic and…

Escaping the Monkey Catcher

The central fruit market is completely out of reach for the Splinter group of teenage monkeys, as city macaque heavyweight Fang defends his territory more fiercely than ever. Desperate for a meal, the group invades a suburban school playground and raids kids’ packed lunches. And, still in search of a new place to settle, the…

Mystery Gorillas

National Geographic Emerging Explorer and primatologist Mireya Mayor ventures deep into the heart of the forest to observe the culture and behavior of these mysterious great apes. Though much of their behavior is still being studied, here are some facts that we do know about gorillas. Wild gorillas have barrel chests, protruding stomachs, black skin…

Monkey Trap

Stories of elusive monkeys – such as Tampa’s fugitive primate – exist around the globe. But when wild rhesus macaques become greedy urban troublemakers, how do you set a monkey trap?  A troop of rowdy rhesus macaque monkeys have taken over Jaipur’s Galta temple, living in comfort within its walls. Other nearby rhesus gangs fight…