Tag archives for Primates

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…