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Endangered Species in Central America: Black-handed Spider Monkey

Animal

Black-handed spider monkeys are a family of monkeys living in southern Mexico, as well as in Central American countries such as Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. The tail is very distinctive, and it is not only long, but also a dexterous tail. It is a very dexterous monkey because its arms are longer than its legs and its tail can be used like a fifth limb. This monkey is an animal whose habitat has been reduced due to human deforestation, suggesting its potential for extinction.

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Habitat

Black-handed spider monkeys live in Central American countries such as Mexico.

Characteristic

Black-handed spider monkeys are 40-60 cm long and weigh 6-9 kg. This monkey is distributed in Central America such as Guatemala, Nicaragua and Costa Rica, with Mexico at the top. The coat color is reddish brown, dark brown, yellowish gray, black, etc. The tips of the face and limbs are blackish, and the area around the eyes is white. The black-handed spider monkey is named after a French naturalist and is named Jeffroy. Although this monkey lives in the rainforest, it adapts to a variety of environments, including swamps and mangrove swamp forests. The tail is longer than the body length, and you can wrap it around a tree branch to move quickly between trees. Black-handed spider monkeys are active in the daytime and often live in groups of about 15 to 25 heads. Since they live mainly on trees, they are rarely attacked by jaguars and pumas. Black-handed spider monkeys are extremely intelligent and are comparable to gorillas and chimpanzees.

Ecology

Black-handed spider monkeys live on insects, frogs, snails, and small bird eggs. Besides, I eat fruits, leaves and fruits. Black-handed spider monkeys have no fixed breeding season, and females give birth every two years. The gestation period is about 7 months, and one can be born at a time. Children are raised on their parents’ backs for about 10 months and have a breastfeeding period of two and a half years. It is known to have a lifespan of more than 30 years in captivity, and can live for more than 40 years.

Endangered species

Black-handed spider monkeys live mainly on trees and have more agile movements, so they are not very enemies in nature. The biggest threat is humans. Spider monkeys live in trees, but human deforestation is a problem and their habitat is gradually declining. Conservation activities are being carried out locally. Black-handed spider monkeys have seven subspecies, but some are critically endangered and require even greater protection. Already the monkey has become extinct on Barro Colorado Island in Panama. The black-handed spider monkey is designated as an endangered species.

Breeding

The population of black-handed spider monkeys has declined sharply, and it is quite difficult for the general public to raise them. Watch at the zoo or go to Central America.

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