Black-Handed Spider Monkey
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Black-Handed Spider Monkey

The black-handed spider monkey is a species of spider monkey, a type of New World monkey, from Central America, parts of Mexico and possibly a small portion of Colombia. There are at least five subspecies. Some primatologists classify the black-headed spider monkey as the same species as Geoffroy’s spider monkey.

It is one of the largest New World monkeys, often weighing as much as 20 lbs. Its arms are significantly longer than its legs, and its prehensile tail can support the entire weight of the monkey and is used as an extra limb. Its hands have only a vestigial thumb, but long, strong, hook-like fingers. These adaptations allow the monkey to move by swinging by its arms beneath the tree branches.

Black-Handed Spider Monkey

Fun Facts

  • These monkeys are an arboreal species, and they seldom come down to the ground. They prefer to live in the upper levels of the canopy, and are found in primary and secondary rainforest. They can be found in other forest types if habitat is limited.
  • They eat mostly fruit, along with nuts, seeds, buds, flowers, insects, and eggs.
  • They are very vocal. Spider monkeys have one of the most highly developed larynx, giving them the ability to produce a wide range of vocalizations from bird-like calls to barking and guttural grunting.

About Izzy & Lucy

Have you ever heard of for zoo animals? If Izzy and Lucy had access to the internet, we feel that would have been the way they would have found each other. After loosing his companion of many years, Izzy was spending his golden years alone in CA. Lucy was doing the same, but all the way in New York (at Seneca Park Zoo). Staff at both zoos felt like these two would be a perfect match and decided it was time for Lucy to come to CA. As the nice old gentleman he is, Izzy welcomed her very well and the two may now be seen monkeying around at CPZ.

Conservation Status:
Extinct Threatened Least
Black-Handed Spider Monkey

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