When gazing upon animals, none offer a more vivid reflection of our human identities than the forms of primates.  Incredibly intelligent and with unique social structures, all primate species and individuals have dramatically different personalities.  Many species form exclusive pair bonds while some, such as bonobos are polyamorous.  The size range is considerable, with silverback gorillas taking the heavyweight title at a 400 + pound limit, while the Amazon Rainforest’s pygmy marmoset averages just 3.5 ounces.  Tropical forests host the highest diversity of species, yet primates can also be found across the African Serengeti and there are even a few who are right at home amidst snowy blizzards, such as the Janapese Macaque.  Primates are extremely innovative, often using unique strategies for survival.  A number of baboons have even learned to capture stray dogs and train them for protection.  In regions where charcoal is a prevalent industry, there are certain monkey species who seek it out for consumption, helping their bodies to digest otherwise toxic plant species.  Monkeys are fascinating to observe but should never be kept as pets.  They require constant stimulation and will quickly become destructive when bored. Not unlike other creatures, primates deserve the right to lead their lives naturally, exploring the beautiful habitat in which they belong!