A monkey is a long-tailed, medium-sized member of the order of Primates. The primate order also includes macaques, baboons, guenons, capuchins, marmosets, and tamarins. Monkeys today are a member of two of the three groups of simian primates, the New World monkeys and the Old World monkeys, of which there are 264 known species. Apes and chimpanzees are not scientifically classified as monkeys, a common misconception due to their physical similarities. Some distinguishing features between the new world and old world monkeys include the tail. Most New World monkeys have prehensile tails while Old World monkeys do not. The facial features of each group of monkeys also differ substantially; however, there are a number of shared features as well. Monkeys are a very diverse family of species, ranging in size from the 5-6 inch Pygmy Marmoset, to the adult male Mandrill, which can be 3 feet tall. Some monkeys spend the majority of their lives in treetops, while others call savannas and grasslands home. Most monkeys survive of a diet of fruit, leaves, nuts, berries, eggs, insects and they occasionally hunt other smaller animals.
Are monkey species endangered? Yes they are.
The mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) represents one of two known subspecies of the eastern gorilla. There are currently only two population of this subspecies still extant in the world. One of these is found in the Virunga volcanic mountains of Central Africa, and the other in Uganda Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. There’s some debate about whether these two populations are actually separate subspecies or the same one. Even when the two populations are taken together, as of November 2012 there are only 880 individuals of the species left in the wild.
mountain gorilla – Google Search
Mountain gorillas are not usually hunted for bush meat, but they are frequently maimed or killed by traps and snares intended for other animals. They have been killed for their heads, hands, and feet, which are sold to collectors. Infants are sold to zoos, researchers, and people who want them as pets. The abduction of infants generally involves the loss of at least one adult, as members of a group will fight to the death to protect their young.Habitat-loss is one of the most severe threats to gorilla populations. The forests where mountain gorillas live are surrounded by rapidly increasing human settlement.
The name actually refers to two distinct species the Bornean orangutan (P. pygmaeus) and the Sumatran orangutan (P. abelii). The two species are both currently considered to be endangered with the Sumatran orangutan being classified as Critically Endangered. The primary cause of the species decline in recent years, of course, human activity. In particular, wide-scale deforestation, poaching, and habitat destruction. The illegal wildlife/pet trade has also played a factor though.
red faced spider monkey – Google Search
The red faced spider monkey is facing significant threats to its survival as a result of deforestation, over-hunting, and other forms of habitat loss. It’s currently listed as being Vulnerable on the IUCN Redlist.
This is the lion eating giant chimpanzee ( the Bili ape). Despite the apparent hunting-prowess of the subspecies, there’s only so much that such an animal can do against encroaching bands of gun-toting illegal gold-miners, bush meat hunters, and poachers.
Over a 14-month period between September 2007 and November 2008, researcher Cleve Hicks and his Congolese assistants documented 34 chimpanzee orphans and 31 carcasses for sale in the nearby Buta â€“ Aketi â€“ Bambesa region (seven of the orphans have been confiscated and adopted). info from google.
lar gibbon – Google Search
While they aren’t currently considered to be endangered, deforestation, hunting, and the illegal pet trade are all having an effect on population numbers. The population has fallen significantly and become highly fragmented over the last few decades.
Most monkey species eat fruit, bugs, leaves and honey some do eat small animals.
I’m sure I could go on and on about what monkey species are endangered but I’m sure you guys get the picture there are a lot. I’m going to end the blog there for today. Thank you to everyone who reads this.