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Ever since King Kong first gave Fay Wray that unexpected lift to the top of the Empire State Building in 1933, Hollywood has gone ape depicting the gorilla as perfect monster material. They seem to be forever typecast as the heavy. But the truth is, they’re peaceful, family oriented, plant-eating animals that live in complex social groups. They are the largest of all primates—the group of animals that includes monkeys, lemurs, orangutans, chimpanzees, and humans. (photo: Mike Wilson)

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I thought I couldn’t be more attracted to Kate, but then I was watching the alternate scenes and she started ad-libbing a run of biologically accurate information on voles. (Technically there are two vole species that occur in New York, but they wouldn’t be in an urban setting, no, and I’m not sure I’ve heard ‘super-multiplier’ itself in an ecological context, but it’s definitely applicable and appropriate.)

Maybe she was able to pull this out of her head, maybe she knew this line was coming and did some quick research beforehand, either way, there’s video of her speaking my scientific language and I love it.

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Monkeys were already a popular attraction before the start of actual zoos. Being playful and relatively easy to care for, travelling circuses and menageries usually kept a few around to entertain people. So when the more scientific zoos started, there was a public demand for some monkey cages. But at the same time, zoos wanted more than just the standard ones, and started acquiring apes and lemurs. Typically, all of the were put together in so-called “primate houses”.