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.
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.
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.
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.