Overview of Monkeys
Monkeys are very intelligent and highly adaptable. There
are more than 125 species of monkey. Monkeys are classified
into two distinct groups, Old World Monkeys and New
Monkeys that are found in Africa, Asia, Japan and India
are considered Old World Monkeys. Monkeys found in Mexico,
Central America, and South America are New World Monkeys.
Old World Monkeys have nostrils that are close to each
other and point downward. Old World Monkey tails are
not prehensile, in fact some Old World Monkeys do not
even have tails. Old World Monkeys have 32 teeth and
New World Monkeys nostrils set wide apart on a flat
nose and point outward. New World Monkeys are arboreal
and have prehensile tails. New World Monkeys have 36
teeth and no cheek pouches.
Monkeys are social animals that live in groups called
troops. Monkeys use vocalizations, facial expressions,
and body movements to communicate. Monkey’s have a highly
organized social order with a hierarchy.
A monkey’s habitat ranges from grasslands, rain forest,
islands, mountains, savannas, forests, high plains and
scrub-land. Monkeys have a varied diet including fruit,
grass, leaves, eggs and bugs.
A monkey grinning or pulling their lips are signs of
aggression. A monkey shows affection by grooming. Monkeys
spend hours each day grooming.
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