Audience versions of this page: FamilyOn 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.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry agriculture Noun
the art and science of cultivating the land for growing crops (farming) or raising livestock (ranching).
Encyclopedic Entry: agriculture ape Noun
large, intelligent primate with no tail.
to observe or mark an important event with public and private ceremonies or festivities.
endangered species Noun
organism threatened with extinction.
Encyclopedic Entry: endangered species flexible Adjective
able to bend easily.
environment where an organism lives throughout the year or for shorter periods of time.
Encyclopedic Entry: habitat humid Adjective
air containing a large amount of water vapor.
tropical ecosystem filled with trees and underbrush.
industry engaged in cutting down trees and moving the wood to sawmills.
mammal considered to be highly intelligent, with four limbs and, usually, a tail.
type of mammal, including humans, apes, and monkeys.
prosimian adjective, noun
grouping of primates, including lemurs, lorises, and tarsiers.
rain forest Noun
area of tall, mostly evergreen trees and a high amount of rainfall.
Encyclopedic Entry: Rain forest simian Noun
ape or monkey.
protruding nose and jaw of an animal such as a pig.
to scare or be a source of danger.