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Woolly Monkey


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Brown Woolly Monkey (Lagothrix lagotricha) Taruma River, Brazil
Woolly Monkey (Lagothrix lagotricha)
Woolly Monkey
Brown Woolly Monkey at Louisville Zoo
Brown Woolly Monkey, Taruma River, Brazil
The woolly monkey is a medium to large sized primate, that inhabits the tropical forests of north-west South America. The woolly monkey is most well known for it's round-shaped head and dense fur that covers the body of the woolly monkey.

Woolly monkeys are found throughout Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil and parts of Venezuela where they live an arboreal lifestyle. Woolly monkeys have long and very strong prehensile tails which allows them to balance and grip onto branches without having to give up the use of their hands.

There are four different species of woolly monkey found in the South American jungles today. These are the brown woolly monkey (also known as the common woolly monkey), the grey woolly monkey, the Columbian woolly monkey and the silvery woolly monkey. All four of the different woolly monkey species are found in the same regions of South America.

The woolly monkey gets its name from its soft and thick, curled fur which ranges from brown to black to grey, depending on the species of woolly monkey. Woolly monkeys have relatively stocky bodies, with powerful shoulders and hips.

Like many other primate species, woolly monkeys live together in fairly large groups known as troops. The woolly monkey troops contain both male woolly monkeys and female woolly monkeys. The woolly monkey troop is also known to split up into smaller groups when it is time to forage for food.

The woolly monkey is an omnivorous animal, meaning that it feeds on both plants and other animals. Fruit is the primary source of food for woolly monkeys, but they will also eat nuts, seeds, leaves, flowers, nectar, insects and even small rodents and reptiles.

Due to their relatively large size, woolly monkeys have few natural predators within their jungle environment. Large birds of prey such as eagles, are the main predators of the young woolly monkeys, and wildcats such as ocelot and jaguars are the main predators of the adult woolly monkeys. The human is also one of the main predators of the woolly monkey as they are hunted for their meat and fur.

The alpha male woolly monkey will mate with the females in his troop. After a gestation period of between 7 and 8 months, the baby woolly monkey is born. Woolly monkeys tend to only have one baby at a time although twins have been known to occur. The baby woolly monkey clings to it's mothers underside, before climbing up onto her back when it is around a week old. The baby woolly monkey is independent and no longer needs it's mother when it is around 6 months old.

Due to deforestation and therefore habitat loss, the woolly monkey population numbers are drastically decreasing, with the woolly monkey now considered to be an animal species that is vulnerable to extinction.


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Roxane Smith

"I owned a Wooly Monkey in the early 70's, a precious little female named Sissy. I purchased her from a wholesale broker named Gators of Miami. I was 18 years old, and it was my first taste of "raising a baby". She was humanlike in many ways, and bonded with me immediately. She was never sick and never mean, but in constant need of attention and affection. She had a good appetite and chose to give up her cage for a place outside, where she grew up a beautiful golden brown from the sunlight. I took her with me everywhere. She was just a great little girl, think of her often."

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Woolly Monkey Facts

Kingdom:
Five groups that classify all living things...
Animalia
Phylum:
A group of animals within the animal kingdom...
Chordata
Class:
A group of animals within a pylum...
Mammalia
Order:
A group of animals within a class...
Primates
Family:
A group of animals within an order...
Atelidae
Genus:
A group of animals within a family...
Lagothrix
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species...
Lagothrix Lagotricha
Type:
The animal group that the species belongs to...
Mammal
Diet:
What kind of foods the animal eats...
Omnivore
Size:
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is...
50-60cm (20-24in)
Weight:
The measurement of how heavy the animal is...
5-8kg (11-18lbs)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal...
56km/h (35mph)
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for...
7-10 years
Lifestyle:
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable...
Troop
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct...
Threatened
Colour:
The colour of the animal's coat or markings...
Black, Brown, Grey
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal...
Fur
Favourite Food:Fruit
Habitat:
The specific area where the animal lives...
Humid and mature tropical forests
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once...
1
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from...
Fruit, Seeds, Insects
Predators:
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal...
Human, Wildcats, Birds of Prey
Special Features:Rounded head and strong prehensile tail

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