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PRIMATE SPECIES: Spider Monkey


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Spider Monkey

These natives of Brazil, Guiana, and Ecuador are incredible climbers, large groups of them moving through the trees together. They use all five appendage (hands, feet, and tail) to literally run through the trees. They take death-defying leaps of 30 feet or more, catching hold of branches with their long, hook-like fingers. Young spider monkeys sometimes make skydiving a game, leaping from the canopy, free falling more than 20m, and landing with all five appendages outstretched in the springy secondary growth. They then scramble quickly to the canopy to repeat the game.

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