I just watched the 2016 Jungle Book movie and the monkey population was quite large and varied. My favorite will always be the old cartoon from the 70’s but this was fun to watch too. I realized I had not talked about this animal and it seemed like a good time. As a side note, when I was in Ghana, we had a pet monkey named Abu. (of course)
So...monkeys. Not everyone’s favorite unless we are talking about the curious one from our childhoods. I mean, who could resist George? Flying with balloons, playing with puddle ducks, calling the firemen. Trouble, trouble trouble.
This was one of the first times I was asked to create an animal from a story book.
There are 264 known living types of monkeys. That is a lot! The groups are called tribes or troops. A tribe consists of 3 - 12 members.They are found almost everywhere, from very warm climates to bitter cold, but strangely enough not in North America. Our climate is just not quite right for them. It turns out the the Caribbean Islands are fine, but alas there were no monkey boats to bring them over from the mainland. There was a monkey loose in Miami for a while but it was not wild.
A female Angolan Colobus monkey, holds her newborn offspring. Colobus monkeys share the responsibility of caring for the young with other females in the group. This benefits the mother, as well as the other females who gain maternal experience. Photo credit Lowry Park Zoo
Monkeys from Africa and Asia are called “old world monkeys”. In contrast “new world monkeys” are from South and Central America. The smallest of these creatures is the pygmy marmoset. That monkey is 4 and half inches tall and weighs 3.5 ounces. A mandrill is the largest of the species weighing in at 79 pounds and 3 feet tall. That’s a good sized child! Most however are somewhere in the middle.
The mandrill is a primate of the Old World monkey family, closely related to the baboons and even more closely to the drill. It is found in southern Cameroon, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, and Congo
The habitat of the monkey is as varied as they are. Some live high in trees while others stay closer the ground. Studies show that the monkeys habitat has been reduced by 30% in the last 25 years. Not good! Their diet plays a big part in where they live. Nuts, berries, and flower seeds are spread around as they move from tree to tree. This also allows them to adapt to new territories as needed.
Because, well I had to put in a Proboscis monkey. I mean who wouldn't?
Female monkeys will teach their young how to floss their teeth. It has actually been observed by scientist. Flinging their poo, yes they do….also observed, maybe by you.