Brown-faced Spider Monkey

This brown faced spider monkey is a rare case and has bright blue eyes
This brown faced spider monkey is a rare case and has bright blue eyes

This brown faced spider monkey is a rare case and has bright blue eyes.


Like other spider monkeys it has long limbs and a tail which is basically a fifth limb. The tail of flexible hairless tips with skin grooves to help it grip onto tree branches. The monkey has a white or gray belly. There is actually a patch of white fur on its head. The rest of is fur consists of various shades of brown, light to dark brown. Their eye color is usually brown, but rarely a few monkeys will have sky blue eyes.
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This is the brown faced spider monkeys key food web.

Scientific information:

Spider monkeys live in the tropical rain forests of Central and South America. These New World primates are social and gather in groups of up to 24 to 36 animals. At night, these groups split up into smaller sleeping parties of a 6 or fewer. Foraging also occurs in smaller groups, and is usually 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. Typically, females give birth to only a single baby every two to five years. Young monkeys depend completely on their mothers for about ten weeks, but after that time they begin to explore on their own and play amongst themselves. Mothers continue to care for their young for the first year of their lives, and often move about with their offspring clinging to their backs. Native humans often hunt spider monkeys for food, and the animals are usually agitated by human contact. Logging and deforestation continue to shrink the space that spider monkeys are able to call home.
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The Toucan is also affected by the deforestation and continuous logging. the trees are its home, food source, and nesting grounds. The tucan is not currently endangered but if we are not careful it too could become one of the many that need saving.

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(top) monkey in action,hanging out( center), (bottom), jumping tree to tree in search of the perfect fruit.

Fun facts:

  • Weight: 13 to 25 lbs.

  • Body Length: 16" to 20"
  • Prehensile Tail Length: 26" to 34"
  • Lifespan: 20 to 40 years.
  • Native to: Brazil, Guiana, Ecuador.
  • Breeding: Non-Seasonal
  • Sexual Maturity: 4 to 5 Years
  • Gestation Period: 225 to 230 days
  • No. of Offspring: 1
  • Diet: Fruit, Leaves, Plants, Seeds, Nuts, Grain, Insects.
  • Spider Monkeys are very good climbers
  • a "group" of them are called a troop

MLA Citation:

  • indian, child. "science resources." monkey fun facts and trivia. N.p., 01 08 2000. Web. 12 Mar 2011. <>.
  • "science resources." National Geographic//. National Geographic Society, 01 02 2011. Web. 12 Mar 2011.

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