Geographical Range Southern Mexico, Central America
Habitat Forests
Scientific Name Ateles geoffroyi
Conservation Status Endangered
Zoo Location Primate House

These monkeys live in the rainforests of southernmost Mexico and Central America. Their large social groups frequently break up into subgroups of different sizes and makeup. Spider monkeys eat mostly fruit along with seeds, leaves and flowers.

Some types of spider monkey are critically endangered (see Conservation Status). Their numbers have declined due to habitat destruction and because their size makes them easy targets for hunters.

Did You Know?

The spider monkey has a prehensile (grasping) tail, which it can use to pick up items as small as sunflower seeds.