Primates are beasts found in various tropical areas of Azeroth, mainly Stranglethorn Vale, Feralas, Un'Goro Crater, the Lost Isles and the Jade Forest.
Both monkeys and gorillas are considered primates. The hozen of Pandaria are also called monkeys, which presumably makes them primates as well.
Gorillas are also classified as apes.
In the RPG
This section contains information from the Warcraft RPG which is considered non-canon.
Druids are able to summon several species of primates as nature's allies.
- These powerful omnivores resemble gorillas but are far more aggressive; they kill and eat anything they can catch. An adult male ape is 5-1/2 to 6 feet tall and weighs 300 to 400 pounds. Apes tear prey apart with their mighty claws. They live in warm forests.
- Dire ape
- Dire apes are found on Azeroth and in the Emerald Dream. They are larger species of standard ape standing about 9 feet tall and weighs from 800 to 1,200 pounds. It is a large gorilla with silver down on its back. It has a shaggy coat that does little to hide the muscles in its frame, which bulge far more than normal muscles should. They can also be summoned by druids. Some druids choose them as their an animal companion. Dire apes attack anything that enters their territory, even other dire apes. If an opponent’s armor foils a dire ape’s attacks, the creature attempts to grapple and pin, then rend the prone opponent.
- Main articles: Gorilla#As a hunter pet, Monkey#As a hunter pet
There are two tamable hunter pet families consisting of primates: gorillas and monkeys.