Monkey Enterprise

"Moan...moan...moan!" You're stood in a stifling forest, the twigs tremble and gloomy bodies flee through the treetops. What have you just heard? The answer - possibly some monkeys over your head. Nimble and athletic monkeys effortlessly climb through the forest; however, they are repeatedly hard to analyse and see.

The majority of monkeys reside in tropical regions in Asia, Africa and America, and spend a lot of their time in treetops. Monkeys belong to a bigger group of mammals called primates. Primates have huge brains, gripping hands and incorporate Lemurs, Apes and Humans. Similar to other primates, monkeys are incredibly smart and inquisitive and similar to humans, have forward-facing eyes for enormous complex insight.

There are extra species of monkeys than apes. Both are primates similar to humans.

Old World and New World Monkeys

Monkeys are split into two core groups: Old World monkeys and New World Monkeys. For millions of years these groups have been growing autonomously from each other.

Old World Monkeys

Old World monkeys like Mandrills (pictured below) and Baboons are indigenous to Asia and Africa. They stay in various types of environments, from grassland to rainforests to White Mountain peaks. They exist in trees, or on dry land. Usually, Old world monkeys have:

  • rounded nostrils which are close together
  • cheek pouches for food storage
  • sitting pads on their backends
  • tails that can grip limbs and tress by folding around them

Black Handed Spider monkeys eat a huge quantity of food rapidly; they like to eat whilst hanging, climbing or moving. Spider monkeys can move incredibly fast when they use their tails to swing.

Largest and Smallest Monkeys

Boboons and mandrills are Old World monkeys that exist in Africa. They are some of the heaviest monkeys in the world; males weigh up to 30-36kg. Human beings are their main hunters; they pursue them for food. Mandrills are threatened as a result of this.

Pygmy Marmoset (pictured below) is a New World monkey and is the tiniest of the monkey species. Adults weigh 113 to 119 grams. Pygmy Marmosets are located in the tropical rainforest in the upper Amazon basis in South America. They mainly live in trees and are energetic during the day. They are not threatened at present; nevertheless, experts are worried about their population because they are gradually being sold as pets.

Pygmy Mouse Lemur


Pregnancy and birth in monkeys differs by species. The pygmy marmoset exists in groups of six and just the domineering female has babies within the group. Children are frequently sibling twins - the type that do not look identical. The children are carried around by the males in the community after birth. They are given back to their mothers for nurturing.

Squirrel monkeys (pictured below) are New World Monkeys too, although they have birth practices that differ. The new-born latches on to its mother's back instead of being carried by males, post birth. Another female squirrel monkey shares the responsibility of caring for the new-born child with the mother, instead of the male.

common squirrel monkey

Baby olive baboons nurse and sleep regularly with their mother, throughout the first month. They begin to play with themselves or their peers and become more energetic when they get older.


The lifespan of monkeys is determined on the species. Remote squirrel monkeys can survive up to 20 years. Squirrel monkeys devote their lives in trees and are susceptible as prey for eagles. Remote howler monkeys can survive between 15 to 20 years. Howler monkeys have been preyed on and their environments devastated. This seriously reduces the lifecycle of the species. Mandrills survive up to 45 years in the wilderness. They are sought out for food too.

Monkey Makeup

Monkeys and human bodies are very alike in many ways, including legs, arms and thumbs that can shift effortlessly. They have bendy arms and legs for gripping and climbing. However, surprisingly they can't swing through branches. Monkey's shoulders are not created to enable them to swing, just apes and humans can swing from trees.

Old World and New World monkeys look noticeably dissimilar. Baboons are Old World monkeys and capuchins are New World monkeys.

Groups Called Troops

Most species of monkeys exist in groups called troops to enable them to defend themselves from killers, like humans. Mandrills are able to exist in troops up to 45 monkeys, in Africa. Mandrill troops are directed by a domineering male that has the perkiest on his face and on his back too. The troop involves numerous breeding females and their broods too. Western red colobus monkeys exist in troops of up to 80. The big size of their troops helps guard them from human beings and chimpanzees that prey on them for foo.


Monkey's converse with hand gestures, facial expressions, and noises called vocalizations. Vocalisations could be fairly difficult and are regularly used to notify other monkeys of predators. Mother monkeys can tell between the vocalizations of their own infants from their babies. There is proof that proposes that some monkey species have established rules for connecting phrases.

Staring is believed to be intimidating in monkey societies. In order to prevent conflict, staring is regularly followed by looking away. Revealing teeth is inferred as danger too.

Now Comes the Brush

Monkeys build relations with other monkeys in their species in diverse ways. They connect with each other by grooming. They inspect one another for parasites and clean themselves. They become attached to one another by eating and sleeping closely together.

What's for Tea? Everything!

Monkeys are omnivores - they eat a range of different foods. Most species of monkeys consume fruits, seeds, roots, herbs and insects. Certain monkeys eat incredibly specific kinds of foods. Pygmy marmosets drill holes in trees and drink the tree sap, named gum. They eat insects, lizards, spiders and fruits too. Monkey diets are varied and each monkey might eat 200 diverse things in a year.

The pygmy marmoset utilises its teeth to dig holes in specific plants and trees. Sixty-seven percent of their eating time is spent eating gum or preparing new food sources by chewing tree trunks or huge twigs.

Endangered Monkeys

The utmost threat to monkeys is the damage done to their habitat. The construction of roads and the logging of forests abolishes the locations that monkeys use as their homes. Monkeys are a lot more susceptible to predators when deprived of a place to exist, including humans, who hunt them for food. Monkeys like mandrills, brown spiders and red colobus, might be saved if we concentrate on ecological education and conserving our environments, in addition to creating law to safeguard them.

The White-Faced capuchins are vital to the rainforest because they scatter seeds and pollens to enable new plants to grow.