Micke Grove Zoo

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Black-handed Spider Monkey
(Ateles geoffroyi)

Habitat: upper canopy of evergreen, semi-decidous and mangroveforest
Range: Mexico, Central America, Bolivia
Natural Diet: primarily fruit, supplemented with seeds, nuts, & vegetation

Status In The Wild:
Vulnerable

Fun Animal Facts
Spider monkeys are arboreal, spending most of their time in trees and seldom coming to the ground. Their prehensile tails are muscular and tactile and are used as an extra limb for climbing and grasping. Spider monkeys are vulnerable in the wild due to habitat loss and their value as a food source. A lack of trade controls contributes to their decline.

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