Spider Monkeys of El Salvador



A spider monkey, one of those still inhabiting a few areas of El Salvador

Spider monkeys are found not only in El Salvador, but also in many of the rain forests ranging from Mexico to South America. They have long limbs that put them among the largest of all species of monkeys. Spider monkeys live in the upper layers of the rain forest. They primarily eat fruit but will settle for flowers, leaves, or even insects. These monkeys are considered to be among the most intelligent. They can make many different sounds, some resembling a dog’s bark, and others similar to the whinny of a horse. Spider monkeys live in communities of thirty to thirty-five members. They will, however, split up during the day to forage for food.

Unfortunately, the spider monkey population is on the decline, because they are a source of meat for the inhabitants of the rain forests.

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