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Chimpanzees are known as one of the most intelligent animals in the world and they are visibly much similar to human beings. Their nature and their actions have similarities with human behavior. In fact now it has been scientifically proved that chimpanzees are the closest living relatives that humans have. They should not be confused with monkeys and gorillas.

Monkey Habitat

There are more than 260 extant monkey species known today (sientists always argue about the exact number). The cercopithecoid or platyrrhine monkey is the most common today and belongs to the simian primate groups, meaning that they are smaller and longer-tailed than apes (apes actually have no tails).. Monkeys are part of the grouping referred to as primates - apes and prosimians also belong to this group.  We are nowever only chatting about monkeys now.

The Aye-aye

Daubentonia madagascariensis



Is The World's Smallest Monkey Not Really A Monkey?

Tarsius syrichta

Make A Monkey Costume

Children's costumes bought at the store can often be overpriced for something likely to be worn only once. Making your own costumes is not only affordable but often simple, as well. With a moderate amount of sewing skill you can make a monkey costume for a child or an adult.

John Ssebunya, The Ugandan Monkey Boy

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Domestic strife   John Ssebunya was born in the mid 1980s, but ran away from home (probably aged around four) after seeing his mother murdered by his own father (who, according to some reports, subsequently hanged himself).

Living Population Of Rare Dwarf Lemur Discovered

Researchers have discovered the world's only known living population of Sibree's Dwarf Lemur, a rare lemur known only in eastern Madagascar. The discovery of approximately a thousand of these lemurs was made by Mitchell Irwin, a Research Associate at McGill University, and colleagues from the German Primate Centre in Göttingen Germany; the University of Antananarivo in Madagascar; and the University of Massachusetts.

Three New Species Of Lemurs Identified

ScienceDaily (Feb. 24, 2006) — Researchers have identified three new species of lemurs, the small, big-eyed primates native to the island of Madagascar. In a study published today in the open access journal BMC Evolutionary Biology, a team of researchers from Madagascar and Europe identified new species of lemurs based on differences in a specific gene sequence.

South Africa: Not A Football In Sight

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Watch the World Cup on television, says Francisca Kellett, and then visit Cape Town when the crowds have gone and the prices have dropped. By Francisca Kellett Published: 8:00AM BST 23 May 2010


Around 63 million years ago, our lemur-like ancestors inhabited much of the supercontinents Gondwanaland and Laurasia. We know this because fossils have been found as far as North America and Asia. Nowadays, the only natural habitat for lemurs is 400km off the shore of Mozambique, in the remaining wilderness of Madagascar and its surrounding islands. We do not know how they got there, but we know that their habitat separated from the mainland over 100 million years ago, long before the existence...

Ring-tailed Lemur

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Extinction Threat To More Than 1,000 Bird Species

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More than 1,000 bird species face extinction because of an alarming and accelerating loss of biodiversity, a study warns today. Environmental degradation could wipe out 1,211 species, an eighth of the world's total, according to the report by BirdLife International, an umbrella.