Facts About Monkeys

Monkey is an animal that is found in almost every country of the world, though its species differ from one region to the other. Monkeys can be classified into either of the two groups - New World Monkeys and Old World Monkeys, two of the three groupings of simian primates. The monkeys found in Africa, central to southern Asia, Japan and India are classified as Old World monkeys, while those found in Mexico and Central and South America can be grouped as New World monkeys. The differences between the two groups of monkeys manifest themselves in the form of varying physical traits. Read on further to get some interesting facts and amazing information on monkeys.
Facts about Monkey
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Suborder: Haplorrhini
Infraorder: Simiiformes
Families: Cebidae, Aotidae, Pitheciidae, Atelidae and Cercopithecidae
Species: Around 125
Length (including tail): 14 cm to 1 m (depending on the species)
Weight: 120 gm to 35 kg (depending on the species)
Smallest Species: Pygmy Marmoset (14-16 cm in length, 120-140 gm in weight)
Largest Species: Mandrill
Natural Habitat: Rain forest, islands, steppes, mountains savanna, tropical rain forest and scrubland (depending on species)
Diet: Fruit, grass, leaves, eggs, insects and spiders
Age: 45 (captivity)
Gestation Period: 4 to 8 months (depending on the species)
Number of Offspring: One
Interesting & Amazing Information on Monkeys
  • Monkeys never catch cold.
  • Yawning of a monkey means that either he is tired or he is mad at something.
  • Monkeys never eat a banana as it is; rather they peel it first and throw away the peel.
  • Howler monkeys are the loudest monkeys and their howl can be heard as far as 10 miles away.
  • Monkeys live in groups, known as troops, and travel together to find food.
  • The tip of a spider monkey's tail can support the weight of his entire body.
  • Monkeys live in trees, grasslands, mountains, forests and on high plains.
  • A monkey was once tried and convicted for smoking a cigarette in South Bend, Indiana.
  • Monkeys can breed at any time of the year.
  • Spider-monkeys have appeared in more films than any other breed of monkey.
  • Most of the monkeys are arboreal, while some are also terrestrial.
  • Monkeys use vocalizations, facial expressions and body movements to communicate.
  • Grinning or pulling the lip is a sign of aggression in monkeys, along with head bobbing and jerking the head and shoulders forward.
  • Monkeys express affection and make peace with others by grooming each other.
  • Some of the monkeys have prehensile tails, which can grab and hold objects
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  • There are currently 264 known monkey species.

  • Monkeys can be divided into two groups, Old World monkeys that live in Africa and Asia, and New World monkeys that live in South America.

  • A baboon is an example of an Old World monkey, while a marmoset is an example of a New World monkey.

  • Apes are not monkeys.

  • Some monkeys live on the ground, while others live in trees.

  • Different monkey species eat a variety of foods, such as fruit, insects, flowers, leaves and reptiles.

  • Most monkeys have tails.

  • Groups of monkeys are known as a ‘tribe’, ‘troop’ or ‘mission’.

  • The Pygmy Marmoset is the smallest type of monkey, with adults weighing between 120 and 140 grams.

  • The Mandrill is the largest type of monkey, with adult males weighing up to 35 kg.

  • Capuchin monkeys are believed to be one of the smartest New World monkey species. They have the ability to use tools, learn new skills and show various signs of self-awareness.

  • Spider monkeys get their name because of their long arms, legs and tail.

  • The monkey is the 9th animal that appears on the Chinese zodiac, appearing as the zodiac sign in 2016.

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