Greek for long tailed monkey, Capuchins have been around for over 6 million years. They are considered the most intelligent New World monkeys, known for their long term tool use. Although they have a long history of interactions with animals, they can be aggressive and territorial.
- Lifespan: 16-40 years
- 30-56 cm long (12-22 inches)
- Tail as long as their body
- 3-9 pounds (2-4 kgs)
- Live in troops of 10-35
- Omnivores: fruits and vegetables as well as insects, birds and small mammals
- Can jump 3 meters (9 feet) to get from one tree to another.
Named for their loud vocalizations; a deep gutteral growl/howl, which can be heard up to 3 miles away.
- Lifespan: 15-20 years
- 59-92 cms long (22-36 inches)
- Tail equal in size
- 8-22 pounds (3-9 kgs)
- Live in troops of 6-15
- Eat fruit vegetable and occasionally bird eggs
Found in Central and South America, this species is known as Geoffrey’s or Blacked Handed Spider Monkeys.
The name Spider Monkey comes from their resemblance to a spider when they hang from their tail and dangle their arms and legs. Their tails are so strong they can support their own weight while hanging upside down.
- Lifespan: 15-27 years
- 35-66 cm long (14-26 inches)
- 6 kilos (14-26 pounds)
- Speed: 55 kph (35 miles per hour)
- Tail is longer than body and is used as 5th hand
- No thumbs