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Black-handed Spider Monkey
Ateles geoffroyi

Habitat: Tropical rainforests and deciduous forests

Range: Mexico, Central America, Bolivia

Natural Diet: Primarily fruit, seeds, nuts, and vegetation

Status in the Wild: THREATENED


Fun facts

  • Black-handed spider monkeys have prehensile tails which they use to wrap around tree branches to prevent themselves from falling off

  • The ends of their tails do not have hair which allows them to use it to hold branches and food items

  • Their shoulders are far more flexible than ours that allows to move through trees with ease

  • They have long arms, legs, and tail that helps them swing from tree branch to tree branch

  • In the wild, they will in large social groups that may consist of 20 to 40 individuals


Conservation Threats

  • The major threats are habitat loss due to encroachment by humans

  • Illegal trapping and hunting, and pet trafficking has also had a detrimental influence on their wild numbers


These primates have a black body and a white front (chest and abdomen)


Distributional range

Black handed spider monkeys are ound tropical rainforest habitats in Central America and Mexico