A climbing orangutan


All about Primates

Primates are a huge order of animals made up of over 233 species, including humans. They have some amazing adaptations like large, forward-facing eyes with good vision, grasping thumbs, and flat nails on their fingers and/or toes instead of claws or hooves. Did you know one of the most unique adaptations belongs to the aye-aye of Madagascar? It has a long, skinny middle finger that it uses to tap trees to find hollow spots that might contain insects to eat. Then, after it chews a small hole in the tree, it uses that same finger like a pipe cleaner to fish out the insects to eat.

Learn more about primates, including where they live, what they eat, and how we can help continue the conservation of these incredible animals.

Primates Resources