Primates are mammals classified by their large brains (compared to their body size), opposable thumbs, heavier reliance on their sense of sight (full color sight) than smell, and slower development and longer lifespans. Primates are found all over the world, but non-human primates are found primarily in Central and South America, Africa, and Southern Asia. Non-human primates have frequently been used for experimentation due to their similarities to humans. Primates are some of the most social animals and usually form pairs or families. Non-human primates are threatened by human activities, such as, deforestation, forest fragmentation, and primate hunting.

What are primates?

Primates is the biological order that includes lemurs, monkeys, apes, as well as humans. Primates can be found all over the world and have a large brain in comparison to their body size. Primates are divided into 3 groups: prosimians, monkeys of the New World, and monkeys and apes of the Old World.

Why do primates live in social groups?

Most primates live in social groups to provide protection from predators like hyenas as well as to protect their food resources. Individuals in social groups coordinate activities, communicate with each other, and maintain social bonds. It is also easier for them to find a mate while living in a social group.

How do primates acquire food?

Although humans are the only primates that store food, other primate species seek both water and food on a daily basis. For example, chimpanzees and baboons, cooperate within their community to hunt for food. Most primate species are primarily or completely vegetarian. These species tend to search for food within their territory.

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Eastern Lowland Gorilla
Pair of dimensioned size comparison drawings of the Eastern Lowland Gorilla compared to the height of a typical person

The Eastern Lowland Gorilla is the largest of the four gorilla subspecies of the Eastern Gorilla and is unique to the mountainous forest of the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Eastern lowland gorillas are sociable and peaceful animals that feast on a varied diet of fruits, stems and bark, and small insects. The gorillas’ coats are jet black, and the hair greys as the animal matures; this is known as ‘silverback’. Eastern lowland gorillas are critically endangered, and there is only one female eastern gorilla in captivity and can be found at the Antwerp Zoo in Belgium.

The typical Eastern Lowland Gorilla has an overall height of 44.0”-52.0” (112-132 cm) and withers height of 63.0”-72.0” (160-183 cm). An average Eastern Lowland Gorilla weighs between 220-460 lb (100-210 kg) and has a typical lifespan of 30-40 (wild), 40-60 (captivity).

Series of front and back drawings of the Eastern Lowland Gorilla in various postures
The Eastern Lowland Gorilla is the largest of the four Eastern gorilla subspecies. Eastern lowland gorillas are sociable and peaceful animals that feast on fruits, stems and bark, and small insects. Their coats are jet black, and the hair greys as the animal matures; this is known as ‘silverback’.

The typical Eastern Lowland Gorilla has an overall height of 44.0”-52.0” (112-132 cm) and withers height of 63.0”-72.0” (160-183 cm). An average Eastern Lowland Gorilla weighs between 220-460 lb (100-210 kg) and has a typical lifespan of 30-40 (wild), 40-60 (captivity).

Series of front and back drawings of the Eastern Lowland Gorilla in various postures
Eastern Lowland Gorilla
Height:
44.0”-52.0” | 112-132 cm
Width:
Length:
Depth:
Standing Height
63.0”-72.0” | 160-183 cm
Weight:
220-460 lb | 100-210 kg
Area:
Scientific Name
Gorilla beringei
Lifespan
30-40 (wild), 40-60 (captivity)

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Eastern Lowland Gorilla side elevation, side (standing), side (person), front, back, front (sitting)

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