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Geoffroy’s Spider Monkey

Central America

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Ateles geoffroyi

Endangered

  • The continued population decline of this species is attributed to limited options for feeding and breeding, overhunting, and conversion of forest habitat for human settlements, agriculture, and infrastructure.

The Geoffroy's Spider Monkey, considered as one of the largest from the New World species category at almost 10 kg, has at least five subspecies that can be found in Colombia and Mexico.

In 1912, this Central American primate was completely wiped out in a Panama island due to overhunting. Since then, efforts to re-introduce new individuals in the wild have been ongoing. By 2003, there are at least 28 adult monkeys thriving in the same place on Barro Colorado Island.  It engages in typical primate behaviour – co-existing within a fission-fusion society – usually in groups between 20 and 40 members, to help with food gathering and protection against predators around.