Black Handed Spider Monkey

Black-Handed Spider Monkey

Ateles geoffroyi

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Quick Facts
Body: 15" to 27"; Tail: 23" to 29"
12 to 15 lbs
Wild diet: Leaves, flowers, decaying tree bark, termites, caterpillars, and when available, fruit
Zoo Diet: Primate chow, bananas, oranges, apples, sweet potatoes, lettuce, spinach, celery, eggs, onions, peanuts, sunflower seeds, crickets, and mealworms.

From Mexico south, through Guatemala, EL Salvador, Honduras, Belize, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama

Habitat: Mostly rain and montane forests, but they are also found in evergreen, semideciduous, and deciduous forests.

Black-handed spider monkeys have coarse, yellow-gray fur with yellowish-black or reddish sides. Their face is mostly black, except for the pink areas surrounding their mouth and eyes. Their underside is lighter yellowish or white, but they are black around their knees, hands, elbows, and feet. Their hands and feet have four fingers but no thumb, and their tail is long and prehensile (able to grasp). The underside of the end of the tail is a hairless fleshy pad that looks and functions a lot like the palm of a hand.

Status in the Wild

Listed as "endangered" on the IUCN Red List (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources).

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