Brown Spider Monkey
As tree-dwelling primates, the brown spider monkey is native to upper areas of the forest canopy in northern Colombia and north-western Venezuela.
They typically have a fruit-based diet in the wild, but can also eat leaves, flowers and seeds.
Spider monkeys live high in the trees, rarely coming down to below 12 metres from the ground. They are active during the day and are highly social, with groups consisting of multiple individuals.
They don't have a specific mating season, but many births occur from May to July. A single infant is born after a gestation of around seven months. During the first two months, the baby clings to the belly of its mother, after which it moves to her back.
Brown spider monkeys face heavy threats of illegal hunting and habitat destruction, and numbers are on the decline.
There is some protection in reserves as well as legal protection in South America. Captive populations within European zoos are managed co-operatively.
- Latin Name: Ateles hybridus
- Class: Mammals
- Order: Primates
- Family: Atelidae
- Conservation status: Critically Endangered
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