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  • Monkeys can be divided into two groups, Old World monkeys that live in Africa and Asia, and New World monkeys that live in South America.
  • A baboon is an example of an Old World monkey, while a marmoset is an example of a New World monkey.
  • Groups of monkeys are known as a ‘tribe’, ‘troop’ or ‘mission’.
  • Capuchin monkeys are believed to be one of the smartest New World monkey species. They have the ability to use tools, learn new skills and show various signs of self-awareness.
  • Spider monkeys get their name because of their long arms, legs and tail.

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The primates are a group of mammals that includes some of the most intelligent animals. The major kinds of primates are humans, apes, monkeys, tarsiers, lemurs, and lorises. There are more than 300 species, or types, of primate. These different types have many physical features in common.

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There are many  species of primates in the world—from humans and apes to monkeys and prosimians (primative primates).Most primates live in warm climates, and most depend on forests for their survival.  Monkeys and Apes are Primates. These familiar and popular animals include the New World Monkeys (native to Central and South America), Old World Monkeys (native to Africa and Asia) and Apes (including the Great Apes and Humans!).

Ape or Monkey?

The most obvious differences between apes and monkeys are: apes do not have tails, and they are generally larger than most other primates. There are however exceptions: some monkeys lack tails and some are large. Gibbons, considered to be lesser apes, are smaller than some monkeys. Apes rely more on vision than smell, and their noses are short and broad, rather than snoutlike. Apes are capable of creating tools and using language. They have complex social lives and are capable thinkers and problem-solvers.

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With wildlife conservation & community projects in Peru, Madagascar, Africa and Colombia. The Wildlife Protection Foundation is working to save endangered species and habitats all over the world. From rescuing and releasing animals back to the wild, to building fresh water wells for local African villages the WPF has a very active hands on experience.