We have an inherent need to understand our past, our evolution and who we are. Primates can connect us to those answers. Our primate ancestors can reveal the story of our past, help us understand our present and give us guidance for our future.
Children seem to have an innate curiosity about themselves and our primate relatives. They can see how similar primates are to ourselves and using that interest can help them become more interested in science and STEM fields in general.
Exposing children to the wonders of primates helps them connect with their evolutionary history and also form compassion for our closest living relatives. Many types of primates all over the world are facing extinction because of humans. Learning about them and why they are important can help raise a generation of children who do as much as they can to save these animals.
“Darwin wasn't just provocative in saying that we descend from the apes - he didn't go far enough. We are apes in every way, from our long arms and tailless bodies to our habits and temperament.”
Frans de Waal, Primatologist