homininae

dentos-wife  asked:

I'm all for a good meme but what are the differences orangutans and gorillas. I thought they were like completely different species and thus I'm a little annoyed at the Harambe jokes xD

Like us, they are in the great ape family, the Hominidae, but are in a different subfamily, the Ponginae, whereas gorillas, chimpanzees, and yours truly are in the subfamily Homininae. For other examples of animals in different subfamilies, think of the difference between an otter and a badger, a gerbil and a mouse, a goat and a cow, a lion and a house cat - and you get the general idea.