About Monkeys

Monkeys are primates, typically possessing a tail. Many people confuse apes, monkeys and lemurs for the same kind of species. However, they are all completely different species. Monkeys are “dry-nosed” primates while lemurs and lorises are “wet-nosed” primates. Apes possess more human like qualities than monkeys, even though all species are highly intelligent.

There are 260 known species of monkey and they all vary in colour, shape and size. The smallest monkey is the pygmy marmoset (100g) and the largest is the mandril (36kg).

While most monkeys live and feed in trees, baboons are among some of the monkeys that prefer to live on the ground. Diets vary among species but most diets are made up of fruits and nuts, seeds or leaves and sometimes, small animals or insects.

In Asia and Africa sometimes humans and monkeys will cross paths. Monkeys may be seen as pest of they are damaging crops. Monkey in Asia specifically are huge for the tourism industry. If you are in Asia it’s best to see these animals in their natural habitat rather than in cages on the street.


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