Site Tour


All the World’s Primates website is the comprehensive and authoritative resource for information about all the species and subspecies of living lorises, galagos, lemurs, tarsiers, monkeys, and apes. Below is a brief tour of how the information is presented on the website.


All donations made to Primate Conservation for membership are final irrespective of site performance or problems related to the installation of third party applications necessary to fully use the site. This site is resource-intensive and Requires Microsoft Silverlight™. The best experience will be had with Internet Explorer and Firefox browsers. Rich content is better experienced with a fast internet connection. Safari browser for Windows does not support Silverlight.


Pop-Ups In All The World's Primates,

The data pages open as "pop-ups." Some browsers are set up by default to prevent them from opening. If, when you click on a button on the main page or select a primate from a pick list and nothing happens, your pop-ups are turned off.
In Firefox go to Tools>Options>Content. there you will see a check box for "Block pop-up windows." Either uncheck the box or click on the "exceptions" button and add to the list.
In Internet Explorer, select Tools>Internet Options>Privacy. There you will see a check box for "Turn on Pop-up Blocker" You may either uncheck this box or click on the "Settings" button to add to allow pop-ups for the site. Other versions of Explorer will have some close version of this. Internet Explorer and Pop-ups: some browsers open pop-ups as new tabs, others in a new window. In Internet Explorer, All The World's Primates' data pages open in new windows. If you find this undesirable you can change Internet Explorer's behavior so that data windows open as tabs. Open Internet Explorer, click on Tools>Internet Options>Settings. Select the dot "Always open pop-ups in a new tab" and click OK button.

In Safari for Mac, Go the little cog wheel control and uncheck block pop-ups. Safari for Windows does not work.

In Google Chrome, a small blue and white icon with a red "X" on it appears in the far right side of the address bar if the browser is blocking pop-ups. Go to Tools (wrench icon)>Settings>Show advanced settings (bottom of page)>Content settings (button)>Pop-ups (button). Either "allow pop-ups" or "Manage Exceptions" to allow pop-ups for All The world's Primates. Chrome and Pop-ups: When you choose a primate it always opens in a new pop-up window. There is no option for having the page open as a new tab as there is in Firefox or IE. A Chrome extension, One Window, automatically moves pop-ups to tabs to the main window so the site then performs as designed. This extenson is not perfect. There is a small delay in populating the tab but it has worked for us in Vista and Windows 7. We recommend using Firefox or IE for All The Worlds's Primates.


Searching for one of the world's primates

Once you log in, you will find many ways to search for primates. You can find it by looking through the photos in the window and clicking on one to see all its information.

Searching for One of the World's PrimatesSearching for One of the World's Primates


Or you can use the Search Taxa tab to search for a specific primate.


Or use one of the drop-down menus on the left to look for a primate by its scientific name or its common name.

If you want some general information about primates, you can look at our introductions to each family before you go to a specific primate for detailed information.

Searching for One of the World's Primates with Scientific Name

The Show by Conservation Status menu presents all the primates of each IUCN conservation category—for example, Critically Endangered primates. Sadly, 9% of all 415 species of primates are Critically Endangered.

Show Primates by Conservation Status


If you are interested in who wrote about which taxa, click Show by Contributor.The Show by Other Taxonomies option is for researchers. A lot of new information about primates has been discovered in the last twenty years and not all experts agree. Although we follow IUCN’s Red List taxonomy in this database, we include other names and species nova, which are species that have not been described as yet. There are 45 of these new species or subspecies.


If you happen to be traveling to a primate habitat country and want to know which primates live there, click on Show by Country and choose a country—for instance, Costa Rica. All the photos you see in the buttons on the right are the species and subspecies of primates that live in Costa Rica.

Show Primates by Country


The Show by Infraorder option is a way of looking at the broad groups of primates that are related. The Show by Ecoregions menu selects all the primates that live in a similar ecological zone.


Searching for specific information about a primate

Clicking on a taxon name in any of these menus takes you to its page—in this example, the lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla).

Searching Specific Information about a Primate

You can see a slide show of photos by clicking the Play button, or click Video Audio to see video clips or to hear audio accompanied by a sonogram if these are available for the taxon.

 Primate Video

See a video example here. If you are interested in just seeing all the videos or listening to the audio clips, look in the pulldown list under Articles and Appendices for the Index of Available Video and Audio.


If you click on the zoom button at the left of the map, you can zoom in to see the habitat. By clicking Add a Primate to Map, you can add the ranges of other primates to the same map to see if they overlap.

Add Primate to Map


Detailed data about each taxon are in the tab bar, where you can choose Conservation, Diet, Life History, Behavior, Social System, Habitat, Physical Measurements, or Citations. Detailed Data about each PrimateOr click forward or backward to the next category using the arrows at the bottom of each page. Just hover over any information to see the reference from which the data came.Category Navigation


Other tools

There are several querying tools available within the Data Mine tab. The first searches all articles, forums and blogs for a search term. The second tool searches the database for primates that meet a given set of criterion.Those requiring other queries, please contact the site and describe your needs.


There is an extensive multi-language Glossary if you aren’t familiar with some of the terms used. Present glossaries include English, Japanese, Vietnamese and French. More are expected.

There are Forums where you can share your thoughts about primates with others and ask questions.


The Downloads & Links section contains helpful files for free download, as well as links to other websites the editors think you might find interesting and useful.


The About section contains acknowledgements and other information about this project and the photos and maps on the site.

What’s New? will tell you about recent postings to the site. For instance, the Saki monkeys genus Pithecia is about to be revised, and we will tell you when the article is published and the site updated.


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Now that you have seen how we present the information and media, we hope you will join the site by donating to support the conservation of prosimians, monkeys, and apes. We are sure you will find a fascinating wealth of information on this site. Your donation to Primate Conservation Inc., which is a 501(c)(3) private nonprofit foundation, will go to support our small grants program to study and protect the least-known and most endangered primates. Please visit Primate Conservation, Inc.'s website for more details..

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