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Primates: The Apes
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Primates: The Apes

Gorillas, orangutans, chimpanzees, bonobos, and gibbons are all apes, the smartest and largest primates. They belong to the superfamily Hominoidea, along with humans.

Wondering how these intelligent primates are different from monkeys and how apes are similar to humans? Find out.

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ApeCam

ApeCam

Two kinds of apes live together at the San Diego Zoo: orangutans and siamangs. Watch them on the ApeCam, then check out photos and videos about the other ape residents. More...

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San Diego Zoo
Gibbon

Gibbon

Graceful gibbons can swing through the jungle at 35 mph. Discover more about these monogamous, tree-dwelling apes. More...

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National Geographic
Picture Gallery: New Great Ape Ancestor

Picture Gallery: New Great Ape Ancestor

A 13-million-year-old fossil may be the last common ancestor of humans and today’s great apes. See illustrations of what this species may have looked like. More...

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National Geographic
Virunga Gorillas: Photo Gallery

Virunga Gorillas: Photo Gallery

About half of the world's mountain gorillas live in the Virunga mountains of central Africa. Check out photos of these apes and discover why their future is so uncertain. More...

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National Geographic
‘Talking’ with Kanzi the Bonobo

‘Talking’ with Kanzi the Bonobo

Like other apes, Kanzi can communicate using graphic symbols. But this primate learned to “speak” in the same way a child learns language. Take a look at a primatologist’s work with Kanzi. More...

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NOVA/PBS
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About Great Apes

About Great Apes

Great apes, such as chimps and orangutans, are not the same as monkeys. Find out the differences, along with characteristics that all primates have in common. More...

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Center for Great Apes
Chimpanzees

Chimpanzees

Jane Goodall is a pioneer of chimpanzee research. Take a look at her groundbreaking discoveries and early days at the Gombe Stream Chimpanzee Reserve. More...

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Jane Goodall Institute
Orangutan Island Adventure

Orangutan Island Adventure

In this game, you’re an orphan orangutan returning to the wild. Forage for food, get back to your nest before dark, and avoid lurking predators. Think you’ve got what it takes to survive? More...

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Animal Planet
Our Family Tree

Our Family Tree

Humans share 98 percent of our DNA with great apes. Explore the similarities and differences among the great apes and humans in this interactive family tree. More...

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NOVA/PBS
Elizabeth Lonsdorf: Primatologist

Elizabeth Lonsdorf: Primatologist

Following the path that Jane Goodall blazed, Elizabeth Lonsdorf studies how chimpanzees learn to catch termites. Learn how this primatologist began working with chimps. More...

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National Geographic
Great Ape Profiles

Great Ape Profiles

Meet the 4 great apes: large gorillas, tree-dwelling orangutans, clever chimpanzees, and dark-faced bonobos. Find out how each ape is unique. More...

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FactMonster.com
Hominidae: Great Apes and Humans

Hominidae: Great Apes and Humans

The family Hominidae includes chimps, gorillas, humans, and orangutans. Evidence linking humans to gorillas and chimps has grown — find out how we are similar. More...

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Animal Diversity Web
Neanderthals, Orangutans, Lemurs, and You: It’s a Primate Family Reunion!

Neanderthals, Orangutans, Lemurs, and You: It’s a Primate Family Reunion!

Are humans related to apes and other primates? Come to your own conclusion with this science fair project. Create a primate family tree using protein sequences. More...

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Science Buddies
Practice Quiz: Apes

Practice Quiz: Apes

Test your ape knowledge here. Don’t know the answer? Just give it your best guess and get instant feedback on whether you’re right or wrong. More...

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Palomar College
Siamang

Siamang

The siamang is the largest of the gibbons and sports an unusual throat sac. Check out photos and videos of this lesser ape and hear its impressive call. More...

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ARKive

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