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The Spider Monkey

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Angela Ceklic

on 9 February 2013

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The Spider Monkey by Angela Food
Chain Other
Facts Other Interesting Facts Video Sources Protection Physical Characteristics Effects of Human Activity Food Chain Classification: Food Habitat Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Family: Atelidae
Genus: Ateles
Species: Ateles belzebuth ~they are primary consumers ~have glossy hair that covers their whole body
except their face
~don't have thumbs, but can grip tree branch powerfully with no limitations
~their long thin arms and gripping tails allow them to move among trees with ease
~tails are prehensile which means their tails adapt well
to grabbing onto things
~they are from 34-59 cm tall, but tails are longer
~tails are from 62-93 cm tall ~some ways they are being protected from extinction are they are being given protected areas to live in
~some of these protected areas are located in Rios Cauca and Magdalena in Columbia
~also being housed in national parks and zoos
~many people are trying to save forests from being chopped down
~also they defend themselves by making screeching noises to scare off predators
~they also quickly run up trees to escape predators ~very close to extinction because many of their habitats
are being destroyed, and they are being hunted for food
~very social monkeys
~gather in groups of 2-3 dozen (24-36)
~larger group usually breaks up into smaller groups for gathering and sleeping
~smaller groups make it easier for food to be divided equally among the larger group
~they like to hang upside down with all four arms and tail hanging onto a branch, these are one of the characteristics that make it resemble a spider Classification ~live in areas with tropical climates, such as the
evergreen forests of Central and South America
and the Amazon rainforest
~live in trees and grow up in the upper canopy
~mainly live in tropical forests, and most commonly found in Southern Mexico and Brazil
~sometimes they decide to live in semi deciduous and mangrove forests
~population of spider monkeys reduced by habitat destruction, and are almost extinct in some
areas Habitat Food ~they are omnivores, more
specifically categorized as fruigivores because
of their fruit and seed based diet
~normally feed on leaves, flowers, and aerial
~occasionally eat bark, wood, honey,
insect/insect larvae and bird eggs
~rarely eat insect parts and animal prey
~eat while hanging, moving or climbing Physical
Characteristics Effects of
Human Activity ~chopping down trees affects them as it clears their habitat and food, they have less to eat less places to live
~global warming is a problem because it causes tropical areas to produce less fruit
~global warming also causes temperatures to change and spider monkeys do not adapt well to different climates
~vehicles cause air pollution which makes the air thicker, and harder for them to breathe
~sewage and oil-related waste are being dumped
into oceans, which causes water pollution and gives them less access to pure drinking water
~have been hunted for last 45 years (as food)
which is driving them very close to
extinction Protection Sources Video ~www.macalester.edu/~montgomery/spider monkey.html
~whitebelliedspidermonkey.blogspot.ca Ateles geoffroyi
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