Have you ever wondered what the top 10 heaviest primates on Earth are? If you have you will find all the answers in this post. While there is mostly no surprises there are one or two on this list that made me raise an eyebrow…
The Top 10 Largest and Heaviest Primates on Planet Earth
10 – Primate: Siamang – Average Length: 90cm/35in – Average weight: 13kg/29Ib
The siamang is an arboreal black-furred gibbon native to the forests of Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. The largest of the gibbons, the siamang can be twice the size of other gibbons.
9 – Primate: Gray langur – Average Length: 107cm/42in – Average weight: 20kg/44Ib
Gray langurs or Hanuman langurs, the most widespread langurs of the Indian Subcontinent, are a group of Old World monkeys constituting the entirety of the genus Semnopithecus.
8 – Primate: Proboscis monkey – Average Length: 76cm/30in – Average weight: 24kg/53Ib
The proboscis monkey or long-nosed monkey, known as the bekantan in Indonesia, is a reddish-brown arboreal Old World monkey with an unusually large nose. It is endemic to the southeast Asian island of Borneo.
7 – Primate: Gelada – Average Length: 75cm/30in – Average weight: 25kg/55Ib
The gelada, sometimes called the bleeding-heart monkey or the gelada baboon, is a species of Old World monkey found only in the Ethiopian Highlands, with large populations in the Semien Mountains.
6 – Primate: Mandrill – Average Length: 95cm/37in – Average weight: 45kg/99Ib
The mandrill is a primate of the Old World monkey family. It is one of two species assigned to the genus Mandrillus, along with the drill.
5 – Primate: Baboon – Average Length: 100cm/39in – Average weight: 45kg/99Ib
Baboons are Old World monkeys belonging to the genus Papio, part of the subfamily Cercopithecinae which are found natively in very specific areas of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.
4 – Primate: Chimpanzee – Average Length: 92cm/36in – Average weight: 50kg/110Ib
The taxonomical genus Pan consists of two extant species: the common chimpanzee and the bonobo. Together with humans, gorillas, and orangutans, they are part of the family Hominidae.
3 – Primate: Orangutan – Average Length: 134cm/54in – Average weight: 75kg/165Ib
The orangutans are three extant species of great apes native to Indonesia and Malaysia. Orangutans are currently only found in the rainforests of Borneo and Sumatra.
2 – Primate: Human – Average Length: 177m/70in – Average weight: 77kg/170Ib
Humans (Homo sapiens) are the only extant members of the subtribe Hominina, a branch of the tribe Hominini belonging to the family of great apes. They are characterized by erect posture and bipedal locomotion; high manual dexterity and heavy tool use compared to other animals; open-ended and complex language use compared to other animal communications and a general trend toward larger, more complex brains and societies.
1 – Primate: Gorilla – Average Length: 200cm/79in – Average weight: 220kg/485Ib
Gorillas are ground-dwelling, predominantly herbivorous apes that inhabit the forests of central Sub-Saharan Africa. The genus Gorilla is divided into two species: the eastern gorillas and the western gorillas, and either four or five subspecies.