There are approximately 36 lemurs native to the island of Madagascar, including the Coquerel’s sifaka. In Malagasy culture, sifakas are often viewed as "sacred sun worshippers." This traditional view very likely stems from the sifakas’ curious habit of basking in the early morning sun before heading out to forage for food.
The cotton-top tamarin, also called the cotton-headed tamarin, is native to a very small region of northwestern Colombia. Its limited distribution stretches from the Atrato River to the Magdalena River. These uniquely colored, clever primates are found in both humid and dry tropical forests. They are arboreal, so they can be seen leaping and scurrying through the canopy.
Olive baboons live in central sub-Saharan Africa, spreading over 25 countries, from east to west with a few pockets of isolated populations in the Saharan region. Although usually referred to as savanna monkeys, they are extremely adaptable and thrive in a wide variety of habitats, ranging from open grasslands and riverine forests to valleys separated by rocky cliffs, evergreen forests, and agricultural areas.
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