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Primates

Primates



Chimpanzees

Chimpanzees

The common chimpanzee is usually called the chimpanzee (or "chimp"), though this term can be used to refer to both species in the genus Pan: the common chimpanzee and the closely related bonobo, formerly called the pygmy chimpanzee. Evidence from fossils and DNA sequencing shows both species of the genus Pan are the sister taxon to the modern human lineage. The common chimpanzee is covered in coarse black hair, but has a bare face, fingers, toes, palms of the hands, and soles of the feet. It is considered more robust than the bonobo.

Habitat: It lives in a variety of habitats, including dry savanna, evergreen rainforest, montane forest, swamp forest and dry woodland-savanna mosaic..

Diet: The chimpanzee is an omnivorous frugivore. It prefers fruit above all other food items and even seeks out and eats them when they are not abundant. It also eats leaves and leaf buds, seeds, blossoms, stems, pith, bark and resin. Insects and meat make up a small proportion of their diet.

Weight : 40 - 60 kgs.

Longevity: 50 years.

Gestation : 243 days.

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Ring Tailed Lemur :

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Ring tailed Lemurs have monkey like bodies and limbs and have bushy (black and white banded hair) tails about as long as the body.

Range: Native to the African island of Madagascar.

Habitat: Live in variety of habitat types – rain forests, sub alpine deciduous and spiny bush forests.

Diet: They forage on fruits, leaves, flowers, tree bark, and sap. In wild occasionally feed on spider webs, insect cocoons, arthropods, small vertebrates etc.

Size: Head and body 42 – 45 cm, tail 50 – 60 cm.

Weight : 2.3 kgs to 3.4 kgs.

Gestation : 130 – 140 days

Longevity: 15 – 20 years.

Breeding : April – May

Breeding Age : 2 to 16 years

Litter size : 1 – 2 young ones per year.

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Common Marmoset

Common marmosets are small-bodied New World monkeys that are amottled brown, grey and yellow colour with white ear tufts and long banded tails.

Range: They are endemic to Brazil, seen in the North-eastern Central forests from the Atlantic coast at Rio-Grande.

Habitat: Atlantic coastal, dry, seasonal, semidecidous island, riverine forests in dry thorny scrub and savnna forests.

Diet: Sweet fruits, nectar, flowers, spiders, lizards, snails, grass hoppers, crickets, cockroaches and cicadas.

Size: Male : 18 – 20cm ; Female:16-18 cm.

Tail: 25-30 cm.

Weight : Male: 250-260 gms; Female:230-235 gms.

Gestation : 140 to 148 days

Longevity: 15 – 16 years (in captivity)

Breeding : Every six months.

Breeding Age : 2 to 16 years

Litter size : Two babies per year.

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Rhesus Macaque

The orange – redfur on its rump distinguishes, it from any other Indian Monkey. It lives in troops of 8 to 180. Rhesus (RH) factor in blood was first discovered in this animal and this was first primate to sent into the space.

Range: Northern India, Bangladesh, Burma, Thailand, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Southern China and neighboring areas.

Habitat: Inhabit all forest types, open plains, near villages and towns.

Diet: It is omnivorous, feeds on fruits, seeds, roots herbs, insects, ants and beetles.

Longevity: 15 – 20 years

Gestation : 135 to 194 days.

Offspring : Usually one is born.

Breeding season : March to June and September to October.

Weight : Male: 7 – 10 kg; Female: 5-6