Monkeys

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

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