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Black-handed Spider Monkey
Ateles geoffroyi

  • Habitat: Tropical rainforests and deciduous forests
  • Range: Mexico, Central America, Bolivia
  • Natural Diet: Primarily fruit, seeds, nuts, and vegetation
  • Status in the Wild: THREATENED


Fun facts

  • Black-handed spider monkeys have prehensile tails, which they use to wrap around tree branches to prevent them from falling
  • The ends of their tails do not have hair which allows them to use their tails to hold branches and food
  • Their shoulders are very flexible, which allows them to move through trees with ease
  • They have long arms, legs, and tails and they use all these to swing from tree to tree
  • In the wild, they live in large social groups that may have 20 to 40 individuals


Conservation Threats

The major threats are

  • Habitat loss due to human encroachment

  • Illegal trapping and hunting, and pet trafficking




Spider Monkey These primates have a black body and a white front (chest and abdomen)



Map Distributional range

Black handed spider monkeys are found in tropical rainforest habitats in Central America and Mexico