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.


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.


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 left hand accordion control offers additional ways for you to search. For example, the Show by Conservation Status menu organizes all the primates by IUCN conservation category (here shown for Critically Endangered). Sadly, fully a quarter of the more than 500 species of primates are Endangered or Critically Endangered.

Show Primates by Conservation Status


If you are interested in who wrote about which taxa, click Show by Contributor
This site's default list of primates follows the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). That said, there are other taxonomies and new taxa are being discovered all the time, so the Show by Other Taxonomies option permits you to search for primates taxa not presently included in IUCN.
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, Botswana. All the photos you see in the buttons on the right are the species and subspecies of primates that live in Botswana.

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

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.


By default, the map shows the range of the taxa selected. I you wish you may add additional taxa for comparison purposes. In the example below, the taxa bar is shown with primates in the map and Cercocebus atys has been added to Gorilla gorilla. This is particularly useful if you wish to see which primates have overlapping ranges or wish to see the extent of the distribution of a category of primates.


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 Primate, or 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 for the data.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, Portuguese, Spanish, German, 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.


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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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