Our Top 5 Monkey Facts!

Our Top 5 Monkey Facts!

Posted by Connor Whelan on 9th Dec 2015

In anticipation of International Monkey Day on the 14th of December, we thought we would tell you a little more about the animals to which we are closely related! So without further ado, here are out top 5 monkey facts!

What are the different types of monkeys?

Whilst there are over 260 different types of Money in the world, they are split into two major categories, the new world monkeys and the old world monkeys. The differences are that whilst the new world monkeys have prehensile tails (tails which can grip and help the monkeys navigate branches) the old world monkeys do not. The differences don’t stop there though as the old world monkeys have pouches in their cheeks for food storage whilst their new world counterparts do not!

Where do monkeys live?

The old world monkeys live in Asia and Africa whilst the new world monkeys live in the Americas. You will find most species of monkeys living in trees, but some do live in savannah or grassland areas.

What do monkeys eat?

Monkeys eat fruit and vegetables, but their diet is not strictly herbivorous. Some monkeys will also eat insects and sea-life alongside roots and other vegetation.

What is a group of monkeys called?

Groups of Monkeys can go by various names. They can be referred to as missions, tribes, troops and cartloads. A cartload of monkeys is the favourite name in the office!

Are monkeys endangered?

Whilst many monkeys are not endangered there are a few species which are critically close to becoming extinct. Examples include the Tonkins Snub-Nosed monkey of which there are only 150 remaining in existence and the Hainan Black-Crested Gibbon which is considered one of the most endangered species in the world, with only 20 left in the wild.

(Bonus Fact!) Can I help and volunteer with monkeys?

Here are The Great Projects we are delighted to provide you with the chance to volunteer with monkeys and play your part in aiding their conservation. If you would like to find out more information you can click here to view the projects, or simply get in touch with us in the office.

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