About Spider Monkeys:
The spider monkey is one of the most loved types of monkeys among children and adults. Spider monkeys can be found in the forests of Mexico, Central America, and South America, but deforestation and hunting is damaging their habitat. Spider monkeys are considered “New World” primates. They have prehensile tails that allow them to grip onto branches and the ground as they move. Spider monkeys have long, lanky arms and are very agile.
Did you know that spider monkeys have no thumbs? Yet, the spider monkey can still grip strongly onto branches with its other fingers and tail. They often gather together in groups of 20 to 30, but they sleep and forage for fruits, nuts, leaves, spiders, and bird eggs in smaller groups. They can be very noisy animals. Females typically give birth to one baby spider monkey at a time every two to five years. Baby spider monkeys usually stay under the care of their mothers for the first year of their lives.
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