What Are the 10 Most Common Primates in the World?


This post is by Marcus Lu from Visual Capitalist


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A cropped chart ranking the 10 most common primates by population.

What Are the 10 Most Common Primates in the World?

This was originally posted on our Voronoi app. Download the app for free on Apple or Android and discover incredible data-driven charts from a variety of trusted sources. The word ‘primate’ traces its roots back to the Latin word ‘primas,’ meaning ‘of first rank’ or the highest order in the animal kingdom. This classification intuitively reflects humans’ fascination with the many species who are our closest cousins. In this graphic, we visualize the top 10 species of primates, ranked by their estimated global population. This data comes from WorldAtlas, and was last updated in 2017. Given the difficult nature of tracking wild animals, these numbers should be treated as approximations rather than exact figures.
ℹ This list does not include Humans, who would be the most populous primate by far.

Ranked: Top 10 Primates, by Population

At the top of the list, there are more than 300,000 Müller’s Bornean Gibbons in the world, found on the island of Borneo in Indonesia and Malaysia. The larger gibbon family consists of around 20 species of small apes found swinging through Southeast Asian rainforests. These acrobatic primates are known for their loud calls, impressive agility, and monogamous family structures. Despite their ape status, they differ from great apes by being smaller and lacking nests.
RankMonkeyRegion of OriginEstimated Population
(as of 2017)
1Muller’s Bornean
Gibbon
🇮🇩 Indonesia312,500
2Common
Chimpanzee
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