Categories: Meet The Animals,Monkeys

Capuchin Monkey


Diet: Omnivore
Lifespan: Up to 40 years
Weight: Up to 3 lbs.
Size: Up to 2 feet tall
Habitat: The range of the capuchin monkey includes Central America (Honduras) and Middle South America (middle Brazil, eastern Peru, Paraguay).

Did you know?

  • Capuchins live together in groups of 6-40
  • Capuchins are considered the most intelligent New World monkeys and are sadly often used in laboratories
  • During mosquito season capuchins crush millipedes and rub them on their backs. This acts as a natural insect repellent

Black and White Colobus Monkey


Diet: Herbivore
Lifespan: Up to 20 years
Weight: Up to 26 lbs
Size: Up to 5 feet tall
Status: Least Concern
Habitat: The Colobus prefers primary and secondary forests, riverine forest and wooded grassland such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Angola, Burundi, Zambia, Kenya and Tanzania.

Did you know?

  • The name “colobus” is derived from a word meaning “mutilated one”, because unlike other monkeys, they have reduced thumbs
  • They sometimes belch in each others’ faces as a friendly social gesture
  • Locals say the colobus are excellent weather forecasters because they are quiet when bad weather is coming

Ring-Tailed Lemur


Diet: Herbivore
Lifespan: Up to 20 years
Weight: Up to 12 lbs.
Size: Up to 3 feet long
Status: Endangered
Habitat: Lemurs are found only on the East African island of Madagascar. They live in the dry woodland districts with a seven to eight month dry season.

Did you know?

  • All lemur species today are endangered due to the rapid destruction of their forest habitat for agricultural development, cattle grazing and human settlement
  • The word ilemuri comes from old Latin, and refers to ghosts or spirits.
  • Ring-Tailed Lemurs purr and mew like house cats

    Brown Lemur


    Diet: Herbivore
    Lifespan: Up to 30 years
    Weight: Up to 4-6 lbs
    Status: Near Threatened
    Habitat: Native only to the island of Madagascar

    Did you know?

    • Its diet consists primarily of flowers, fruit, and leaves, though it is known to consume a variety of insect species as well. The Brown Lemur will also consume bark, sap, soil and red clay. Brown Lemurs exhibit a high tolerance to the poisons found in Madagascar plants.
    • Brown Lemurs generally live in groups of 5 to 12, though larger groups have been spotted. They have a linear hierarchy, with female dominance.
    • Brown Lemurs spend less than 2% of their time on the ground. The rest is spent in the trees.

    Spider Monkey


    Diet: Herbivore
    Lifespan: Up to 20 years
    Weight: Up to 13.25 pounds.
    Size: 2 feet in length and 3-5 feet in height
    Status: Endangered
    Habitat: The tropical forests of Central American and northern South America

    Did you know?

    • Spider monkeys are commonly collected by pharmaceutical companies because they are susceptible to malaria.
    • The tail of the spider monkey has a hairless tip with skin grooves very similar to fingerprints.
    • Spider Monkeys will break off and drop heavy tree branches to try and hit or scare away intruders.

    Common Marmoset

    Diet: Herbivore
    Lifespan: Up to 17 yrs
    Weight: .52-.58lbs
    Size: Up to 28 inches long
    Habitat: Marmosets are found primarily in the tropical rainforests of South America

    Did you know?

    • They commonly give birth to non-identical twins.
    • “Marmoset” is derived from the French “marmouset” which means, loosely, shrimp or dwarf.
    • Common marmosets are considered most adaptable to human changes in their environment than other primates, and are thus commonly used for laboratory testing in Europe.
    • They have long lower incisors, which allow them to chew holes in tree trunks and branches to harvest the gum inside.
    • Marmosets live in family groups of 3-15.
Author: admin