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Monkeys are primates (an order of intelligent mammals that also includes apes and people). There are about 125 species of monkeys. A group of monkeys is called a troop.

The loudest monkey is the Howler Monkey; the most acrobatic is the Spider Monkey. Monkeys can live up to 45 years in captivity. Monkeys' main predators are eagles, hawks, and humans.

Habitat: Monkeys live in forests, grasslands, high plains, and mountain habitats. Many monkeys are arboreal (spending most of their lives in trees); others (like baboons and macaques) live mostly on the ground.

Diet: Monkeys eat leaves, fruit, seeds, nuts, grass, roots, eggs, insects, spiders, and small mammals.

Anatomy: Adult monkeys range from about 2 to 4 feet (0.6 to 1.2 m) long. Most also have a long tail - up to 3 feet (0.9 m) long. They weigh from 4 ounces=113 g (the pygmy marmoset) to 100 pounds=45 kg (the mandrill). Monkeys have long arms; their five-fingered hands and feet have opposable thumbs.

Classification:Kingdom Animalia (animals), Class Mammalia (mammals), Order Primates, Family Cercopithecidae (Old World monkeys) and Family Cebidae (New World monkeys).

Monkeys are divided into two groups, Old World monkeys (from Africa, Asia, and Europe) and New World monkeys (from the Americas).

  New World Monkeys Old World Monkeys
Where they live South and Central America Africa, Asia, and Europe
Size Usually smaller Larger
Type of tail Prehensile (grasping) Not prehensile
Snout and nostrils Short snout, round nostrils far apart Longer snout, curved nostrils set close together
Rump No pad Tough skin pads on the rump
Cheek pouch No cheek pouches Some have cheek pouches
Tree Living Live in trees

Live in trees or on the ground


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