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Human Origins Program at the Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History.

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Great Apes & Other Primates

Gorillas

Five western lowland gorillas live at the Great Ape House. Visitors can see them every day. The youngest is Kibibi, born in 2009.

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Watching gorillas: The Zoo is home to a family group of six western lowland gorillas, two adult females, three males, and a female baby born on in January 2009. Two of the males are juveniles who were born here at the Zoo—Kojo, who was born in November 2001, and Kwame, who was born in November 1999. The third male, Baraka, is a silverback, born here in in 1992. Gorillas are the world's largest primates and one of our closest relatives.
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Primates at the Zoo

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The Zoo is home to many primates. Orangutans and western lowland gorillas can be found at the Great Ape House. Smaller primates, including golden lion tamarins, Geoffroy's marmosets, and howler monkeys, can be found in the Small Mammal House. Look for gibbons at Gibbon Ridge and lemurs at Lemur Island. Find out where primates can be seen at the Zoo.

On mild days, the orangutans can sometimes be seen overhead as they travel along the O Line between the Great Ape House and Think Tank. The time visitors are mostly likely to see these apes on the O Line is between 11 and 11:30 a.m.

About Primates

There are 376 species of primates in the world—from humans and apes to monkeys and prosimians ("premonkeys").

The smallest primate is the pygmy mouse lemur, which can fit in the palm of your hand. The largest—the gorilla—can weigh more than 400 pounds. Most primates live in warm climates, and most depend on forests for their survival. More Primate Facts