Brown Spider Monkey
Upper layers of tropical forest.
Fruits, nuts, buds and flowers.
Spider monkeys live high in the trees, rarely coming down to below 12 metres from the ground. They are active during the day, feeding on ripe fruit. They are probably important in spreading the seeds of many plants.
A single youngster is born after a gestation of 225 days (7 months).
Hunting for food and habitat destruction.
There is some protection in reserves as well as legal protection in South America. Captive populations within European zoos are managed co-operatively. Paignton Zoo has funded a spider monkey research project in Venezuela (South America).
- Latin Name: Ateles hybridus
- Class: Mammals
- Order: Primates
- Family: Cebidae
- Conservation status: Critically Endangered
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