Wooly monkey (Lagothrix lugens)

The woolly monkey is found in the lowland rain forests of Central and South America. This means that they are in a warmer and more humid climate with thick foliage to climb and live in. This is necessary because they live in the trees for protection and for food.

The woolly monkey has a thick brown coat that allows it to stay warm when temperatures drop in the evening. The thumbs are important for climbing trees and eating fruit. Their tail acts as a fifth arm which is used for extra grip on branches and extra support when leaping from tree to tree. It can also be used to help the monkey balance. This is important because the woolly monkey spends the majority of its time in trees. This is because it means that it is safer and less accessible from predators on higher ground.

The gestation length for this species is between 7 and 7.5 months. A mother will give birth to one baby that will cling to her stomach and then will move to her back. After about six months the baby will be able to move on its own. A baby will stay with the mother for 16 to 20 months where it will learn how to climb, play and hunt.

The woolly monkey feeds manly on fruits however is also capable of eating seeds, leaves and insects. The woolly monkey is at risk of attack from larger predators and young might even be in danger of attack from older males. The woolly monkey is a popular pet in many regions and is one of the top trafficked animals from the jungle. Many babies are taken from their families in order to be sold in markets as pets. You can help by adopting a woolly monkey you ensure care to an animal that has been orphaned and involved in trafficking.

Body Length 0.30 - 0.61 metres
Tail Length 0.37 - 0.61 metres
Wingspan N/A
Life Span 6.00 - 8.00 years
Weight 13.61 kilograms