Meet Our Animals > Black-handed Spider Monkey
Quick Facts
Native to Central America, Southern Mexico
Primary Diet Fruit, seeds, leaves, flowers, insects
Adult Weight Males: 16 to 20 pounds; Females: 13 to 20 pounds
Lifespan 25 to 30 years
Status Endangered

Black-handed Spider Monkey

Spider monkeys don’t have thumbs on their hands — their four elongated fingers act as a hook when moving through the trees. Their prehensile tail acts like a fifth limb and can fully support the monkey’s body for extended periods. The hairless sensory area on the underside of the tip of their tail can pick up items as small as sunflower seeds.

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