Animals Mammals

Animals Mammals

Black-handed Spider Monkey


SCIENTIFIC NAME:
Ateles geoffroyi
PROFILE:

Black-handed, or Geoffroy’s, spider monkeys are diurnal (active during the day) and are almost entirely arboreal (tree-dwelling). Their limbs are adapted for agile movements, and their prehensile tails are able to act as a “fifth limb,” which can support their entire body weight. Like most primates, spider monkeys are very social; grooming helps reinforce these bonds. Do you notice any of them picking through the hair of another monkey? This is their way of staying close!

TYPE OF ANIMAL:
Mammal, Primate, Cebidae (New World monkeys)
NATIVE TO:
central America
IUCN CONSERVATION STATUS:
Critically endangered
DIET:
Frugivore (fruit eater); but will eat other parts of the plant in addition to some insects.
LIFESPAN:
zoos - up to 40+ years
SOCIAL STATUS:
Groups of up to 30, but can be up to 100 in some cases.
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