Red-faced Spider Monkey | Welsh Mountain Zoo

Red-faced Spider Monkey

Ateles paniscus


  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

The small but perfectly agile Red-faced Spider Monkey, is covered in a coat of sleek, long black hair with a bright red or pink face. Originating from South America, this species uses its strong and dexterous hands and feet, as well as its prehensile tail, to swing and travel at rapid speeds through the rainforest canopy.

Native Range →

South America

Natural Habitat  →

Usually within the canopy layer of rainforests

Diet  →

Fruits, nuts, seeds, leaves and insects

Life Expectancy  →

20 years in the wild. Up to 40 years in zoos

Breeding  →

1 young from a 7-8 month gestation period

Group Name  →

Troop

Active Hours  →

During the day

Threats  →

Loss of habitat, hunting

Fun fact

Red Faced Spider Monkeys remember past relationships with other Spider Monkeys by licking each other’s chests.

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