The smallest monkey in the world is the Pygmy Marmoset. In fact, they are so small that their tails are longer then their bodies. A fully grown tail can be seven inches long. Their body is usually only 14-16 inches long and they weigh only 5 ounces. Compared to this little monkey the largest monkey is the male Mandrill. They are the biggest grouping of non-human primates ever recorded was a tribe of Mandrill in Lope National Park, Gabon. There were 1300 in the gang!
Capuchin monkeys are trained to help disabled people. They also assist in numerous tasks like preparing food. These monkeys act as live-in companions and provide independence, companionship, dignity and hope to those they help! These remarkable little creatures only weigh 13lbs but they are extremely smart. Monkeys are so smart they have even made it into space. The first monkey astronaut was Albert, a rhesus monkey. He took a ride on a V2 rocket in 1948! However, the rocket didn’t make it very far. The second monkey Albert 11 made it farther.
In Japan, where the macaque monkey lives the winters are very cold. The Japanese monkey has a shaggy coat to keep them warm and some keep out the cold by sitting in the hot water from different volcanic springs! Male rhesus monkeys hang from tree branches by their amazing prehensile penises! There are two types of monkeys. Arboreal live in trees and Terrestrial live on the ground. Monkey’s diets differ in that they eat fruit, leaves, seeds, nuts, flowers, eggs and even small animals!
There are 264 known monkey species across the world and some are yet undiscovered. Monkeys in Central and South America are called New World Monkeys. Those in Africa and Asia are Old World Monkeys. Tamarin monkeys are tiny but they usually give birth to twins. Monkeys never stop growing. Spider monkeys have appeared in more films than any other breed of monkey. Human and chimpanzee brains are remarkably similar and chimps are 98.4% similar. There are some monkeys that can lie! The male vervet monkey can attract females by uttering their word for “food”. However, it turns out they have nothing to offer.
Many people have monkeys as pets and treat them just like they would a human baby. They diaper them and dress them up and take them out forgetting that they are wild animals!