Animals : Primates : Apes

Apes are native to tropical Asia and Africa, but one species of great ape can now be found on every continent – do you know which one?

Apes are divided into two groups; great apes, which include gorillas, chimpanzees, orang utans, bonobos and humans; and small apes, which are gibbons and siamangs.

Apes have no tail and are able to brachiate (swing from tree to tree), though gorillas and humans spend relatively little time in trees. Apes have big brains in proportion to their bodies, and with long periods of parental care (from four to nine years for non-human apes), apes have excellent learning ability and complex behaviour.

Twycross Zoo is the only zoo in the UK where you can see all types of great ape – so look out for them all!