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On December 14, 2000, Monkey Day was first celebrated by college students in Lansing, Michigan. Today, the day is a chance to celebrate simians of all shapes and sizes.
 
Monkey Day does not just celebrate monkeys—it hopes to bring awareness to all primates. Primates include prosimians, monkeys, and apes. Prosimians are primates that usually have whiskers and extended snouts. Lemurs and bushbabies are prosimians. Monkeys are primates that usually have tails. Some of the world’s most familiar monkeys are baboons and capuchin monkeys. Apes are primates without tails, and with flexible shoulder joints that make it easy for them to swing from tree branches. (Monkeys have a smaller range of motion and usually run along on top of tree branches.) Gorillas, chimpanzees, and orangutans are all apes. 
 
Many of the world’s primates are threatened by loss of habitat. Some of the most endangered species of primates are langurs, a type of monkey native to Southeast Asia. Langurs are losing their habitat to agriculture, logging, and housing.
Noun

the art and science of cultivating the land for growing crops (farming) or raising livestock (ranching).

ape
Noun

large, intelligent primate with no tail.

celebrate
Verb

to observe or mark an important event with public and private ceremonies or festivities.

Noun

organism threatened with extinction.

flexible
Adjective

able to bend easily.

Noun

environment where an organism lives throughout the year or for shorter periods of time.

humid
Adjective

air containing a large amount of water vapor.

jungle
Noun

tropical ecosystem filled with trees and underbrush.

logging
Noun

industry engaged in cutting down trees and moving the wood to sawmills.

monkey
Noun

mammal considered to be highly intelligent, with four limbs and, usually, a tail.

primate
Noun

type of mammal, including humans, apes, and monkeys.

prosimian
adjective, noun

grouping of primates, including lemurs, lorises, and tarsiers.

Noun

area of tall, mostly evergreen trees and a high amount of rainfall.

simian
Noun

ape or monkey.

snout
Noun

protruding nose and jaw of an animal such as a pig.

threaten
Verb

to scare or be a source of danger.