Woolly monkey

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Woolly monkeys
Brown woolly monkey
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Family: Atelidae
Subfamily: Atelinae
Genus: Lagothrix
Geoffroy, 1812

Woolly monkeys are named for their thick woolly coats. They are New World monkeys, and are found in forests along the Amazon River, and in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.[1] 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 | change 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 | change source]

  1. Groves, Colin; Wilson D.E. and Reeder D.M. (eds) 2005. Mammal species of the world. 3rd ed, Johns Hopkins University Press, pp. 151-152. ISBN 0-801-88221-4
  2. Blue Planet, Level 5, by Dinorah Pous.