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Primates News Archive

Western Lowland Gorilla Calaya
Nov. 24, 2017
Excitement abounds at the Great Ape House as animal keepers prepare 15-year-old western lowland gorilla Calaya for motherhood. Even before she arrived at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in February... read more
Nov. 03, 2017
Picture an intelligent mammal. One whose smarts are not only key to their survival but also, in certain situations, to that of humans. The Norway rat may not come first to mind, but its ability to... read more
Western lowland gorilla Calaya in the Great Ape House outdoor habitat.
Nov. 03, 2017
For the first time in nine years, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo is making preparations for the highly anticipated birth of a critically endangered western lowland gorilla.
White-cheeked giboon
Oct. 17, 2017
Tuyen, a 10-year-old female white-cheeked gibbon at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, was humanely euthanized Oct. 12, after suffering from progressive neurologic disease and acute seizures. 
Aug. 11, 2017
Primate keepers at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo are mourning the loss of Red Oak, a red-fronted lemur who was humanely euthanized Aug. 9.
Batang holding Redd at Think Tank.
Jun. 30, 2017
Bornean orangutan infant Redd is 9 months old! Although he still sticks close to mom, Batang, and she keeps a watchful eye on him, he is very active and seems to enjoy exploring his surroundings.
May. 05, 2017
Go behind the scenes with animal keepers Emily Bricker, Melba Brown and Alexandra Reddy as they care for some of the most endangered primates in the world.
Batang and Redd on the O-Line.
Apr. 10, 2017
On April 4, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s nearly 7-month-old male Bornean orangutan, Redd, took his first trip on the O-Line carried by his mother, Batang. The 50-foot-high suspended cable track... read more
Redd eating a carrot
Mar. 31, 2017
Infant orangutans in zoos around the world, including Redd, can help their wild counterparts by simply showing their teeth.
Redd climbs the wall of his enclosure.
Mar. 03, 2017
Five-month-old Bornean orangutan Redd has sprouted four teeth! Get the latest scoop on the growing primate infant from animal keeper Elliott Rosenthal.