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Volunteering to work with leading monkey and ape sanctuaries in Africa can have a profound effect in helping to raise awareness of the threats primates face and the actions necessary to reverse their decline.

Learn more about how the Great Primate Handshake is working towards the distribution of awareness raising digital content through our yearly expeditions, or discover the primate sanctuaries working to conserve threatened monkeys, chimpanzees, gorillas and bonobos across Africa.

A brief introduction to primates

Primates are mammalian, meaning that they are all warm blooded, have fur, and feed their young with milk. There are over 233 species of primate, which include 158 monkeys, 14 apes, and 61 prosimians.

Monkeys can be separated in to two distinct groups – New World and Old World. New World monkeys are found in the Americas, and include the marmoset and the spider monkey.

Old World monkeys are found in Asia and Africa, and include the baboon and colobus monkey.

Apes can be divided in to Lesser and Greater Apes. Lesser Apes include the Gibbon, while the Great Apes include the Chimpanzee, Bonobo, Gorilla, Orang Utan and Man.