Wildlife in Serengeti-Park
Geoffroy Spider Monkey | Ateles geoffroyi
Geoffroy spider monkeys or black-handed spider monkeys live in mountain or rainforests in Central America. They can reach a weight of up to 9 kilograms. As with all spider monkeys, their arms and legs are disproportionately long in relation to the body. This allows them to climb very well.
Their grasping tail also provides an advantage in climbing. They can sometimes just hang with the tail off the branch and have hands and feet free to grab for food. They are diurnal and live in groups of more than 20 animals. They are classified as endangered on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List. The stock numbers are sinking, in part due to the deforestation of rainforests.