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Pig-Tailed Macaques playing, Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
Pig-Tailed Macaque, Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
Pig-Tailed Macaque, Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
Pig-Tailed Macaque, Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
Monkeys are found naturally in the jungles and forests of the Southern Hemisphere. There are two ways to classify a monkey, the old world monkey (Asia and Africa) and the new world monkey (South America).

There are around 260 known species of monkey worldwide ranging from chimpanzees to the tiny pygmy marmoset. The monkey can be anywhere from just a few centimetres tall, with some species of monkey growing to more than a metre tall.

A monkey will mainly eat foliage, nuts, fruit, berries, insects, with the bigger species of monkey hunting small birds and mammals. Funnily enough monkeys never eat a banana as it is and instead they peel it first and throw away the peel.

Although both the New World monkeys and Old World monkeys have forward facing eyes, the faces of Old World monkeys and New World monkeys look very different, though again, each group shares some features such as the types of noses, cheeks and rumps.

It has been known for some organisations to train certain species of monkeys as monkey helpers to assist quadriplegics and other people with severe spinal cord injuries or mobility impairments. After being brought up in a human home as infants, the monkeys undergo extensive training before being placed with a quadriplegic. Around the house, the monkeys help out by doing tasks including microwaving food and opening drink bottles!

When a monkey yawns it apparently means that either the monkey is tired or the monkey is angry about something. Howler monkeys are the loudest species of monkey with the howler monkeys howl being heard as far as 10 miles away.

Monkeys use different noises, facial expressions and body movements to communicate with one another, with the monkey grinning being a sign of aggression. However, monkeys express affection and make peace with others by grooming each other.

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Monkey Facts

Five groups that classify all living things...
A group of animals within the animal kingdom...
A group of animals within a pylum...
A group of animals within a class...
A group of animals within an order...
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species...
Macaca Fascicularis
The animal group that the species belongs to...
What kind of foods the animal eats...
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is...
14-100cm (5.5-39in)
The measurement of how heavy the animal is...
0.1-30kg (0.22-60lbs)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal...
56km/h (35mph)
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for...
10-30 years
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable...
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct...
Least Concern
The colour of the animal's coat or markings...
Tan, Brown, Grey, Black, White, Yellow
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal...
Favourite Food:Fruit
The specific area where the animal lives...
Tropical forests, grasslands and mountainous plains
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once...
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from...
Fruit, Seeds, Insects
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal...
Birds, Snakes, Wildcats
Special Features:Long, agile tail and loud vocal calls

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