An endangered spider monkey has been born at the Barcelona Zoo. The birth took place on 31st March 2022. The zoo is proud to announce it is in great health. However, the monkey’s gender has not been decided. This is primarily because it is too young. According to Euro Weekly News, this is one of the 69 spider monkeys existing in the world. Therefore, this makes it an incredibly rare species.
The good news is the spider monkey’s mother is highly protective of her baby. In fact, she is so protective that it limits the zookeeper’s ability to check on them. Perla is the name of the monkey’s mother. Of course, the baby needs time to bond with its family. Moreover, it will be a part of the troop when it grows older.
The spider monkey is a small primate. Despite being its primate status, it has surprisingly human expressions. Furthermore, they have tails as long as their bodies. Additionally, the tails can be used as an extra limb in certain situations. These monkeys usually remain up in the trees and swing from branch to branch. Thus, they are highly agile. Somehow, they can maintain a powerful grip on the branches even though they have no thumbs.
These primates are also highly social. They tend to form troops of two or three dozen monkeys. The animals are early risers that tend to forage their food in the morning. They are omnivores that tend to feast on nuts, fruits, leaves and even small birds along with eggs.
Spider monkeys normally reside in South and Central America. In some cases, they can even be found in northern Mexico. They tend to live in the tropical rainforests within these areas. On the other hand, habitat loss and hunting are severe problems which have greatly threatened their numbers.