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About Monkeys


Monkeys

Monkeys are members of the primate groups: Old World monkeys and New World monkeys. Almost monkey species are tropical or subtropical, and almost all are diurnal. Most monkeys are arboreal. They can sit upright and stand erect. There are approximately 264 known species of Monkeys in the world.

Monkey Classification:

Kingdom:
Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Suborder: Haplorrhini


Foreign Words for Monkey

Afrikaans:
Aap
Albanian:
Majmun
Columbian:
Simio
Czech:
Opicák / Opice
Danish:
Abe /Abekat
Dutch:
Aap / Apin
Egyptian:
Qephi
Estonian:
Pärdik / Ahv
Faroese:
Apa
Finnish:
Apina
French:
Guenon
German:
Affe
Hungarian:
Majom
Icelandic:
Api
Indonesian:
Kera / Monyet
Irish:
Moncaí / Mwnci
Italian:
Scimmia
Latin:
Simia / Simius / Simius / Simius / Simia
Latvian:
Merkakis
Lithuanian:
Beždžione
Malay:
Monyet
Maltese:
Xadin / Xadina / Kitmejmun Gitmejmun
Mexican:
Mico
Navajo:
Mágí / Magí
Old Norse:
Api
Polish:
Malpa
Portuguese:
Macaco
Sardinian:
Moninca
Roman:
Majmun
Slovak:
Opica
Slovenian:
Opica
Spanish:
Mono / Chango
Swahili:
Tumbili
Swedish:
Apa
Tagalog:
Unggóy / Tsonggó
Turkish:
Maymun
Turkmen:
Maýmyn
Welsh:
Mwnci

Size: The smallest monkey is the Pygmy Marmoset at 4.6 to 6 inches in length and weighing only 3 to 5 ounces. The largest monkey is the Baboon at 3.6 feet tall and weighing up to 80 lbs.

New World Monkeys

Old World Monkeys

Nose

Flat Nose

Down Facing Nose

Nostrils

Nostrils Far Apart and Open to Side

Nostrils Close Together and Face Down or Forward

Tail

Prehensile

Not Prehensile

Litter Size

More than One

Usually One

Location

Central America, South America

Africa, Asia, India, Japan

Care of Young

Male Involvement Common

Male Involvement Rare (except: Gibbons & Siamangs)

Cheeks

No Cheek Pouches

Cheek Pouches

Habitat: Old World monkeys are found in Africa, central to southern Asia, Japan, and India. Old World monkeys are found in rain forests, islands, steppes, mountains, and savannas, depending on species.

New World monkeys are found in Central America and South America, except for the very high altitude mountainous regions. New World monkeys prefer the tropical rain forests and scrublands.

Behavior: Monkeys have many different adaptations, depending on their habitat. Most monkeys are arboreal but some like the macaques and baboons are terrestrial.

Diet: Monkeys eat fruit, grass, leaves, eggs, insects and spiders, depending on the species.

Communication: Monkeys use vocalizations, facial expressions, and body movements to communicate.

Did You Know?

Monkeys also have their own unique set of fingerprints just like humans.

Birth: Newborn monkeys are helpless at birth.

Sexually Mature: Monkeys sexually mature from 18 months to 8 years, depending on the species.

Life Span: Monkeys have a life span of 10 to 50 years depending on the species.

Social Structure: Groups of monkeys are called troups. Monkeys are very social animals. Monkeys express affection and make peace with others by grooming each other. Grooming helps monkeys keep their fur clean of dirt, dead skin, and parasites, but it also helps them to build social relationships.

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