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Meet the Primates


White-Cheeked Gibbon

Two species of lesser apes—three white-cheeked gibbons and a pair of siamangs—live at Gibbon Ridge.

Meet the Gibbons



Six western lowland gorillas—three males, and three females, including a young female born in 2009—live at the Zoo's Great Ape House.

Meet the Gorillas

Gorilla Facts


Red Ruffed Lemur

The Zoo currently houses two ring-tailed lemurs and two red-fronted brown lemurs at Lemur Island.  Three red-ruffed lemurs live in the Small Mammal House.

Meet the Lemurs

Lemur Facts


Orangutan at the Smithsonian's National Zoo

Six orangutans (four females and two males) live at the Zoo and can be seen at the Great Ape House or Think Tank.

Meet the Orangutans

Orangutan Facts

Black howler monkeys

Black Howler Monkey

A male and female pair of black howler monkeys occupies an outdoor enclosure behind the Small Mammal House.

Meet the Black Howlers

Fun Facts About Howlers

Other Primates at the Zoo

These primates live in the Small Mammal House.

Golden Lion Tamarin

golden lion tamarin

Golden-headed Lion Tamarin

golden-headed lion tamarin