Tap to Read ➤

Facts About Monkeys

If a monkey yawns at you, then better let it be because it is most likely that you are making the animal angry. Many people incorrectly consider apes and monkeys to be the same, but that is not true.

Old and New World Monkeys

Monkeys are either classified as Old World Monkeys, or New World Monkeys. The species which fall in the former group are those who hail from Africa, central to southern Asia, Japan and India. While those whose home ground happens to be Mexico, Central and South America, are put under the latter group.
Monkeys are different from apes or prosimians (defined as primitive primates bearing large ears and eyes, they usually have nocturnal habits). Many may be unaware of the fact that monkeys are smaller and longer-tailed.
Largest Species of Monkey
The largest species of monkeys is the Mandrill. It is often mistaken for an ape because of its size (1 - 3ft).
Smallest Monkey
The smallest monkey in the world does not grow more than 5 - 6 inches. This species is known as the pygmy marmoset.

Monkeys never catch cold!

Whenever I have a bad, nasty cold, it reminds me of monkeys. Because then I say to myself, 'Why weren't you a monkey?' Common cold may be a problem for us, but not for the monkeys. They never catch it, unlike gorillas and chimpanzees.
Monkey and its table manners
Monkeys are also known for their table manners. They never eat the banana without peeling of its skin.
Teeth of Monkeys
Monkeys belonging from the Old World family grow 32 teeth while those from the New World, 28.
The Howler Monkey
If you can hear a monkey howling from a distance of 3 miles or more, then know that it is the howler monkey. The species is reputed to be the loudest animal on land, and the largest of the New World monkeys.

Monkey brain, a delicacy!

If I were a monkey, I would never go to South Asia, China, and Africa. In these regions, a dish made from monkey brains is savored as a delicacy.
Give and take!
Monkeys like to stay clean and groomed. That is why a monkey would have another one to do a barber's job. The barber monkey gets paid in the form of bugs from the customer's coat. So it's a give and take concept!
The Unique Spider Monkey
The spider monkey can hang on to a branch by using only the tip of its tail. Also, it can be seen swinging from one branch to the other. Most monkeys simply run across the branches.
Beware of its signs!
If a monkey yawns at you, then better let it be because it is most likely that you are making the animal angry. Also, if you see a monkey grinning or pulling its lip, then these are signs of aggression.
The cold survivors
Brrr.. Is it cold or what Mauris? Cold! Are you kidding me? I am a Japanese macaque bro!.. Snow monkey species, also known as Japanese macaques can survive temperature as low as -10 degree Celsius.
The endangered monkey species
The Golden Lion Tamarin is a majestic animal bearing a striking orange mane.
But, thanks to human activities such as poaching, mining, and urbanization to name a few, this species is listed as endangered by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature).

Mating Habit

During mating, the female monkey gives out loud distinctive calls. Many scientists believe that the female does this for the male partner to reach its climax. This is more particular with the Barbary macaque species.
The White-faced Capuchin
Monkeys could be big rascals, but they can also do good for the society.
Capuchin monkeys are put through extensive training programs so that they become conditioned enough to help people such as quadriplegics. They get trained for opening up bottles, washing the patient's face, and even working with the microwave.

Breeding Time No Bar

Monkeys do not wait for spring time to get cozy with their mates. Most of them can breed at any time of the year.

Common Species of Monkeys

Golden Lion Tamarin
Capuchin Monkey
Japanese Macaque
Mandrill
Gelada Monkeys
Howler Monkey
Spider Monkey
Rhesus Monkey
Vervet Monkeys
Olive Baboons
Squirrel Monkey
Proboscis Monkey
The presence of monkeys and various other animals on Earth are an example of the wide diversity of nature. It is because of their existence that we are distinguished as humans, and placed at the top of the ecological pyramid. And without these creatures around us, there would be no such pyramid, no such differentiation, and no more us! Chi hoo ooh!.. That's 'cheers' in monkey's language!

 Rajib Singha

Credits
Yomex Owo, Cherylyn Ang, Jamie Haughton, Tarryn Myburgh