Amazing Monkey Facts for Kids

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  • Monkeys are primates.
  • A primate is a group of animals that include humans, apes and monkeys.
  • Monkeys are mammals.
  • There are 264 species of monkeys.
  • Monkeys are divided into two groups: Old World Monkeys and New World Monkeys.
  • Old World Monkeys are monkeys that live in Africa and Asia.
  • Some species of Old World Monkeys are: Baboon, Mandrill, Snub-Nosed Monkey and Kipunji
  • New World Monkeys are monkeys that live in South America.
  • Some species of New World Monkeys are: Central America Squirrel Monkey, Pygmy Marmoset, Golden Lion Tamarin and a Black-Headed night Monkey.
  • Old World Monkeys have 32 teeth and New World Monkeys have 36 teeth.
  • Apes are not a species of monkey.
  • One main difference between apes and monkeys are that moneys usually have tails and apes have no tails. Although monkeys are smart animals, apes are smarter than monkeys.
  • The smallest species of monkey is the pygmy marmoset. They are between 4-6 inches long and weigh less than 1 pound.
  • The largest species of monkey is the mandrill. They can be 3 ½ feet tall and weigh up to 77 pounds.
  • More species of monkey live in Brazil than any other country.
  • Monkeys live in forest, grassland, high plains and mountain habitats.
  • Most monkeys are arboreal meaning they spend most of their time in trees. However, some monkeys live on the ground.
  • Patas Monkeys live on flat open ground in West Africa.
  • Monkeys are very social animals.
  • A group of monkeys is called a troop, tribe or a mission
  • Monkeys communicate with each other through a variety of sounds, facial expressions and body language.
  • The loudest monkey is the Howler Monkey. The howls from a Howler Monkey can be heard up to 3 miles.
  • Spider Monkeys are monkeys that swing from tree branch to tree branch like they are playing on monkey bars. All other species of monkey run across the branches.
  • Monkeys like to play and cuddle with other monkeys.
  • They are very loving to their babies.
  • Monkeys often carry their young on their backs or around their necks.
  • Monkeys are considered adults at the age of 5.
  • Monkeys eat fruits, flowers, seeds, leaves, nuts, small insects, eggs and some species even eat small animals.
  • Like humans, monkeys have fingers and their own set of fingerprints.
  • Monkey s can grab objects with their toes and fingers. Some monkeys can even grab things with their tails.
  • Monkeys can carry diseases such as hepatitis, tuberculosis, and simian herpes.
  • Monkey is the 9th sign on the Chinese Zodiac.
  • A major threat to monkeys is loss of habitat.  Many habitats are getting smaller and smaller because of all the trees getting cut down.
  • You can see monkeys at most zoos.
  • Some species of monkeys are endangered.  Some species include:
    • Roloway Monkey
    • Pennants Red Colobus
    • Tana River Red Colobus
    • Miss Waldran’s Red Colobus
    • Kipunji
    • Pig-Tailed Langur
    • Delacour Langur
    • Golden-Heated Langur
    • Western Purple Faced Langur
    • Grey-Shanked Douc Langur
    • Black Spider Monkey
    • Tonkin Snub-Nosed Monkey
    • Variegated Spider Monkey
    • Brown-Headed Spider Monkey
    • Peruvian Yellow-Tailed Monkey
    • Wooly Monkey