Scientific Name: Ateles paniscus
Average Height: 16-24 inches
Average Weight: 15-19 pounds
This species is also known as the Guiana or red-faced spider monkey. It can be found in eastern South America in areas north of the Amazon River. It is the largest primate species in South America.
Black spider monkeys are often hunted for food and can be aggressive towards humans. The deforestation in the Amazon is also greatly reducing their habitat.
Black Spider Monkey
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Black Spider Monkeys in the News:
How You Can Help:
- World Wildlife Fund: Learn more about black spider monkeys and the efforts being made to save them.
- Rainforest Foundation: Learn how you can help save the rainforest.
- Paso Pacifico: Help save not only the black spider monkey, but other threatened species that call the rainforest home.
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