Woolly monkey

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Woolly monkeys[1]
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Family: Atelidae
Subfamily: Atelinae
Genus: Lagothrix
É. Geoffroy, 1812
Type species
Simia lagotricha
Humboldt, 1812
Species

Lagothrix lagotricha
Lagothrix cana
Lagothrix lugens
Lagothrix poeppigii

A brown, woolly monkey
Brown woolly monkey

Woolly monkeys are named for their thick woolly coats. They are also New World monkeys, and are found in forest among the Amazon River in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Brazil. Unlike other monkeys, Woolly Monkeys are most likely to be found on the ground. They move much more slowly than other monkeys do, too.

Food and habits[change | edit source]

Woolly monkeys eat fruit, flowers, and leaves. They are quite tame, and they live in groups or bands of 10 to 30 monkeys. When frightened, woolly monkeys tend to swing through tree branches and hide. They are friendly and are often seen in the company of other kind of monkeys. [2] When they walk on the ground, they stand straight up, and use their tails for support. They are quite harmless creatures.

Also, they tend to live in rainforests, especially the Amazonian Rainforest.

References[change | edit source]

  1. Groves, Colin (16 November 2005). Wilson, D. E., and Reeder, D. M. (eds). ed. Mammal Species of the World (3rd edition ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 151-152. ISBN 0-801-88221-4. http://www.bucknell.edu/msw3.
  2. Blue Planet, Level 5, written by Dinorah Pous