interesting facts about monkeys

September 15, 2009 | In: Animal facts for kids

There are about 125 different species of monkeys.

The proboscis monkey is named after its overwhelming, pendulous nose, which droops well over its mouth. The purpose of the monkey’s large nose is unclear, though it has been suggested that it aids in regulating body temperature.

Proboscis monkeys are found on the island of Borneo, where they may still be viewed in their natural habitat by hiking on some of the trails in the Bako National Park.

The Marmoset is the smallest monkey.

Howler monkeys are the loudest monkeys and their howl can be heard as far as 10 miles away.

The orangutan is the largest fruit-eating animal in the world and it rarely comes out of the trees.

Gorrilas walk on there nuckles so all the body weight wont go on its hands.

The Owl monkey is the only extant nocturnal monkey.

Brazil has more kinds of primates than any other country, with 16 genera and 77 species.

Monkeys can be either herbivores or omnivores (they eat animals and plants). They peel bananas and do not eat the skins.

A male baboon can weigh 80 pounds.

The fastest primate on land is the Patas monkey, who can run at up to 31 miles per hour.

In Japan, where macaque monkey live, the winters are very cold. The Japanese macaques have shaggy coats to keep them warm and some keep out the cold by sitting in the hot water from volcanic springs.

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