SPIDER MONKEY (Ateles belzebuth)

The spider monkey is the largest and most intelligent primate that inhabits the Amazonian forests. This species is facing extinction for many reasons: the spider monkeys are vulnerable to pollution and habitat loss, females becomes sexually mature at the age of seven and she can only give birth to one baby every three or four years. Also, they are victims of poachers who hunt for their meat.

The spider monkeys rank the third place of being the most intelligent non-human primates after the orangutans and chimpanzees. Besides, their ecological role in nature is very important since they are very good seed dispersers.

Conservation status: Endangered
Longevity in captivity: 25 years