Spider monkey (Ateles geoffroyi)

Spider monkeys can be found throughout the jungle areas of South and Central America and can be found as high as the clouded forests in the Andes. They are found throughout the regions of Columbia and Ecuador all the way down to Chile and Argentina.

The spider monkey has long limbs that are useful for commuting from tree to tree. Their thumbs work for finding food and climbing trees where they spend most of their time. Their tail can act as a fifth limb and they will sometimes rest hanging just from their tail. They live in groups which helps defending themselves from predators and finding food.

A female will only have one baby per birth, and will give birth every three to four years. The gestation period is 226 to 232 days. Till age six to ten months, infants rely completely on their mother. After one month the infant will be able to walk on its own although it will usually hold onto the mother's back with it's tail wrapped around her waist.

Spider monkeys feed on a huge variety of fruit and vegetation as well as seeds and insects. They feed in large groups on fruits found in high trees where there is little risk of predation. Predators such as cougars and jaguars have been recorded to feed on spider monkeys. Spider monkeys also face danger with humans, bush meat (the eating of monkeys) is popular in some regions as well as trafficking and habitat destruction. This occurs because of lack of education where people do not realize the damages they are causing by hunting and destroying an ecosystem.

Body Length 1.07 - 1.52 metres
Tail Length 0.67 - 0.91 metres
Wingspan N/A
Life Span 6.00 - 8.00 years
Weight 7.26 - 13.61 kilograms