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black spider monkey

The black spider monkey lives amidst the topmost branches of the Amazon Rain Forest. Using its long tail as a fifth limb, it is among the most acrobatic and agile monkeys.

The black spider monkey has exceptionally long, slender limbs and an even longer tail. Where possible, the spider monkey will run on all fours along the tops of branches. But where there is a break in the intertwined canopy of the trees, it will swing or leap from one tree to another. On the rare occasion when the spider monkey sets foot on the ground, it may walk upright on two legs with its long tail held stiffly up against its back. The spider monkey lives in loose-knit, nomadic troops which vary in size according to the availability of food. There are usually no more than 18 monkeys per square mile of forest, but where food is plentiful, as many as 100 may live together.

I took this photo in Brasilia's Zoo. These monkeys lived free in a artificial little island. The feeder gives for they vegetables and fruits.

Another view in WS

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