By Thomas Butynski & Yvonne de Jong
Lolldaiga Hills Research Programme & Eastern Africa Primate Diversity and Conservation Program
Africa harbours a great diversity of primates, most of which are endemic to the continent. Of the 25 genera and 93 species of primate in Africa, Kenya has 12 genera, 19 species and 24 subspecies, and Tanzania has 14 genera, 27 species and 28 subspecies. Although primates are one of the best studied taxonomic groups in East Africa, their biogeography, abundance, and conservation status remains poorly understood.