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Pictures of Monkeys

Free, beautiful pictures of more than 35 different species of monkeys, apes and other primates from around the world including Baboons, Chimpanzees, Gibbons, Gorillas, Lemurs, Marmosets, Macaques, and Orangutans.

Many people call all primates monkeys. However, apes and monkeys are two different animals.

Here are some of the characteristics of apes:

  • Apes don't have tails
  • Apes only live in Africa and Asia
  • Apes are most often bigger than monkeys.
  • Apes have a more upright body posture
  • Apes rely on sightmore than smell
  • Apes have a large brain to body ratio

Among types of apes are gorillas, orangutans, bonobos, chimpanzees, humans, and a group of lesser apes called gibbons.

Monkeys are divides into two categories: Old world monkeys and new world monkeys. Old world monkeys live in Africa, Asia, India, and Japan. New world monkeys live in Mexico, Central and South America.

Old world monkeys:

  • are larger than new world monkeys
  • have flattened finger nails
  • have a bigger, padded, buttocks to sit on
  • have narrow, downward pointing nostrils

Some examples of old world monkeys are the macaque, baboon, snow monkeys, and the colobus.

New world Monkeys:

  • Have long tails that are sometimes prehensile (grab and hold things like branches)
  • Circular nostrils
  • No buttocks padding
  • No cheek pouches

Examples of new world monkeys are the callimicos, marmosets, tamarins, lemurs, and capuchins.