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Are you interested in spider monkeys? Want to know their habitat? Their diet? Learn about them in this article! 

 

Spider monkeys (Scientific name: Ateles) are Omnivores. More specifically, their fruit and seed-based diet makes them Frugivores(1) . Spider monkeys eat flowers, seeds, nuts, bird eggs, and leaves in the dry season when fruit isn’t available. When necessary, they can eat tree bark- until they find better food. 

Spider monkeys live in warm, lush, tropical climates. Mainly the Evergreen forests of Central and South America. They can live as far north as Mexico . They are Aboreal(2) creatures. However, spider monkeys are losing habitat. Their habitat loss is due to humans (obviously). 

Spider monkeys are not related to squirrel monkeys. Not at all. But there are several similarities. Here are some: 

1) They both live in Central and South America 

2) They are both omnivores/frugivores 

3) Both of them have a 90% fruit and seed-based diet  

             Although, of course there are several differences between spider monkeys and squirrel monkeys. Here are some of the differences: 

1) Spider monkeys have 7 species and 7 subspecies. Squirrel monkeys just have 5 species 

2) Spider monkeys have Troops(3) of up to 35, while squirrel monkeys have troops of 40-500!  

3) Spider monkeys live for 22 years (Both in captivity and out), while squirrel monkeys live for 15-20 years 

4) Spider monkeys normally weigh about 13.25 Ibs, and squirrel monkeys normally weigh 750-1,100 grams . Wow. 

Spider monkeys are critically endangered, due to habitat loss (by humans) and hunting (also by humans). They also have several predators that aren’t humans. Their main predators are jaguars, pumas, ocelots, and large snakes. Their biggest threats, though, are humans (habitat loss and hunting/poaching). During the night, they clump together in a tree for protection. If attacked, they are known to bark at the attacker like a terrier, and throw sticks and branches. Humans are the main reason spider monkeys are endangered like this. 

Spider monkeys play a major role in their ecosystem. “They are one of the prime spreaders of the seeds from plants, flowers, and fruits. Without their help, it would be extremely hard for such sources of vegetation to grow in the forest areas.”(MonkeyWorlds.org) If spider monkeys go extinct, then their ecosystem would be ruined. Then the animals in spider monkeys’ ecosystem would die. Then their ecosystem would be ruined. It goes on and on and on and on and on. It’s like a ripple in water, spreading and spreading, destroying ecosystems. Eventually, it will affect humans. Do you want spider monkeys to die? 

In conclusion, spider monkeys are frugivores, same as squirrel monkeys. They are major spreaders of seeds, and 90% of their diet is fruit and seeds. They are critically endangered, and are hunted by humans and other large animals. They live in Central and South America, living as far north as Mexico. Spider monkeys are fascinating creatures. We hope you liked learning about them as much as we did! 

 

 

Bibliography 

“A-Z Animals – 15 Animal Facts, Pictures and Recourses.” Welcome to A-Z Animals
http://www.a-z-animals.com 

Britannica, The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica,Inc. 30 Mar 2017, www.britannica.com/animal/spider-monkey. 

KinzeyWichita.”MAC COMO ZOO.” Spider Monkey, Aldine De Gruyterhttp://www.macalester.edu/~montgomery/spider-monkey.html 

McCormack, Anna A. “Spider Monkey Animal Profile-National Geographic kids, National Geographic, 17 Nov, 2014. Kids.nationalgeographic.com/animals/spider-monkey/#spider-monkey-group-25880544.JPg 

Monkey worlds. “Spider Monkey.” Monkey Facts and Information, http://www.monkeyworlds.com/spider-monkey/ 

“SPIDER MONKEYS All About Wildlife, 25 Oct,2014, 
http://www.allaboutwildlife.com/monkeys/spider-monkeys/6310 

“Spider Monkeys  AtlesOverview.”Encyclopedia of Life, 
http://eol.org/pages/41555/overview 

“Spider Monkey  Facts, Diet & Habitat Information!! Animal Corner, Animalcornerhttp://www.animalcorner.co.uk/animals/spider-monkey/ 

“Squirrel Monkeys-Facts, Information & Habitat.” Animal Corner, Animalcornerhttp://www.animalcorner.co.uk/animals/squirrel-monkeys/ 

 

Vocabulary 

 

Frugivores – A fruit/seed eater 

Aboral – Lives in trees, rarely comes down 

Troops – Group of spider or squirrel monkeys 

About the Writers
William Souza-Ponce, News Editor

I'm a 6th grade journalist here at the Paw Press, and I'm very excited to be writing for the whole school this year. This is my 7th year at Blaine, and...

Alex Davis, journalist

Hi, my name is Alex Davis and I have been at Blaine since kindergarten. I'm excited to be writing articles for the paw press this year! I also really like...

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