Fast Fact Attack: Endangered Species No. 29 – Brown Spider Monkey

Mungai and the Goa Constrictor

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Gangling limbs,  which drag along the ground,  a prehensile tail,  hook-like hands and no thumbs  –  these are just a few of the bizarre characteristics of the brown spider monkey. Oh!… and it just happens to be one the rarest monkeys on the planet.  Spider monkeys are also the largest amongst the New World monkeys  –  the name  ‘spider’ being inspired by their extraordinarily ill-proportioned,  elongated limbs.

Their tails  (sometimes longer than their bodies),  which allow them to move gracefully through the branches with consummate ease,  have hairless,  tensile tips with fine grooves to aid gripping.  The tail could almost be a fifth limb.  They are extremely agile, very quick and capable of moving across the trees 40 feet at a time.  Rarely touching the forest floor,  they swing down by their tails and gather food  –  hands free!

They have small domed heads with hairless faces,  topped with…

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