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This Nature Reserve Boasts Natural Beauty—and a Monkey Circus?
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About Spider Monkey

Spider monkeys live in the tropical rain forests of Central and South America and occur as far north as Mexico.

These New World primates are social and gather in groups of up to two- or three-dozen animals. At night, these groups split up into smaller sleeping parties of a half dozen or fewer. Foraging also occurs in smaller groups, and is usually most intense early in the day. Spider monkeys find food in the treetops and feast on nuts, fruits, leaves, bird eggs, and spiders. They can be noisy animals and often communicate with many calls, screeches, barks, and other sounds.

Fast Facts 

Common Name: Spider Monkeys

Scientific Name: Ateles

Type: Mammals

Diet: Omnivores

Group Name: Troop

Average life span in the wild: 22 years

Average life span in capacity: 22 years

Size: 14 to 26 in

Weight: 13.25 lbs

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