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Primates are a diverse group and include between 300 – 400 species worldwide. This number varies depending on how they’re classified. If we including sub-species there could be more than 600 primate species in total. They are found primarily in tropical and subtropical regions of Africa, Asia, and the Americas. This group as a whole faces many threats and almost half of all primates worldwide are threatened with extinction.
They range in size from the pygmy mouse lemur weighing in at just 30 grams, to the largest, non-human member of the group, the gorilla weighing as much as 450 pounds. Primates are generally long-lived and produce few young during their lifetime. They have large brains relative to other mammals and display complex social interactions and behaviors.