I joke around that my kids are little monkeys. They love to climb and swing, and have tons of energy. Monkeys are one of the favorite things to see at a zoo as well.
Interesting Facts about Monkeys
There are over 260 species of Monkeys in the world! There are old world monkeys and new world monkeys.
New World Monkeys have broad noses and a wide septum
Old World Monkeys have narrow noses with a thin septum and downward facing nostrils as do apes and humans.
- Spider Monkeys
- Vervet Monkey
- and tamarins
They can be 5″ tall to 3 feet tall.
Howler Monkeys can be heard up to 3 miles away.
The pygmy marmoset is the world’s smallest monkey. It is about the size of a banana.
The Lesula Monkey was just discovered in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Africa.
A male mandrill can be three feet long. It weights about 77 to 100 lbs.
Patas can run up to 35 miles an hour.
The Golden Snub nosed monkeys have thick fur to keep them warm in the cold mountains of China.
Monkeys are pregnant for 4-8 months, depending on species. They have on or 2 monkeys at birth. They can weigh between .5 ounces to 31 ounces
Monkeys live 10 to 50 years. They reach maturity between 18 months and 8 years.
Burping is a friendly social esture amoung leaf eating monkeys.
Golden monkeys with long golden hair and turquoise blue faces were depicted in Chinese art for centuries but were thought to be a fable until their discovery in 1869.
Groups of monkeys are called troops. They form smaller groups called harems which has one adult male, several females and offspring.
Marmosets and tamarins rely on dad for most of parenting.
BBC One Monkey Planet– World Map has a global tour with primates featured in the series. Full series are not available online but clips are.