The study of primates in their natural environment is a relatively recent phenomenon. It is only since the 1970s that books, films, and scientific papers have presented a wealth of fascinating insights into the biology and lifestyle of these mountain- and forest-dwelling relatives of human beings. This recently acquired knowledge has provided the inspiration for Primates of the World.
Rod Preston-Mafham and Ken Preston-Mafham are experienced writers and photographers of the living world. Their expertise is evident in their work as authors of Premaphotos Wildlife, one of the United Kingdom's leading natural history photographic libraries. Primate study has been a particular specialization of Ken, who has several notable expeditions to and publications on Madagascar's unique primate fauna.