Spider Monkey

Spider Monkey

Spider Monkey
Ateles geoffroyi


CLASS
Mammalia
ORDER
Primates
FAMILY
Cebidae

Range

Mexico, Central America, and parts of northern South America, including Educador, Guiana, Colombia, Brazil, and Venezuela


Habitat

Lowland rain and mountain forests, upper canopy


Diet

Mainly fruits and nuts, some buds and flowers

Weight

13 - 15 lbs

Body

13 - 15 in.

Tail

20 - 40 inches

Gestation

226 – 232 days

Young

1

IUCN Status

Endangered

Facts

  • The name "spider" refers to the monkey's appearance when in the trees and walking on all fours.
  • Its long prehensile tail is used as extra hand. The strong tail can hold on to virtually anything, giving the monkey support when suspended in the tall trees where it spends nearly all of its time.
  • Its arms are longer than its legs, aiding in locomotion through the trees.
  • Spider monkeys display many forms of visual communication by making faces to each other.

 

Conservation

The major threat to this species is habitat loss. It also faces threats from the illegal pet trade and hunting.

CITES Appendix II

Endangered

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Address

Alexandria Zoo
3016 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301
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