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Monkey Facts & Trivia

Monkey Facts

  • Apes and spider monkeys swing arm-to-arm in trees, but most monkeys don’t. Instead, they run across branches.
  • Monkeys express affection and make peace with others by grooming each other.
  • A group of monkeys is called a “troop.”
  • Monkeys can grasp with both their fingers and their toes.
  • Monkeys are most easily distinguished from apes by their tails. Apes have no tails.
  • There are currently 264 known monkey species.
  • Apes are not monkeys
  • Different monkey species eat a variety of foods, such as fruit, insects, flowers, leaves and reptiles.
  • Most monkeys have tails.
  • Monkey are part of the primate family.
  • Monkeys can live in trees, grasslands, mountains , forests or on high plains
  • Monkeys eat fruit, grass, leaves, eggs, insects and spiders.
  • While many monkey species are not in danger, there are some that are very close to extinction.
  • Monkeys use vocalizations, facial expressions, and body movements to communicate.
  • It is common for monkeys to carry tuberculosis, hepatitis, and simian herpes B
  • Old World monkeys have 32 teeth. New World monkeys have 36.
  • Some monkeys live on the ground, while others live in trees.
  • Groups of monkeys are known as a ‘tribe’, ‘troop’ or ‘mission’.
  • Pygmy Marmoset is the smallest type of monkey,
  • The Mandrill is the largest type of monkey
  • Spider monkeys get their name because of their long arms, legs and tail.
  • Monkeys also have their own unique set of fingerprints just like humans
  • Monkeys swing on trees to stay away from predators.
  • Monkeys have an IQ of 174.
  • The loudest monkey is the Howler Monkey.
  • The monkey is the 9th animal that appears on the Chinese zodiac, appearing as the zodiac sign in 2016.
  • When a troop of howler monkeys yell, they can be heard for up to three miles.
  • Monkeys are most easily distinguished from apes by their tails. Apes have no tails
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Primates

Monkey Movies

  • Space Chimps (2008)
  • Curious George (2006)
  • Monkey Bone (2001)
  • Dr. Dolittle (1998)
  • Hanuman (1998)
  • Monkey Trouble (1994)
  • Dunston Checks In (1996)
  • Project X (1987)

Monkey Songs

  • Brass Monkey by Beastie Boys
  • Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey by The Beatles
  • Monkey by Counting Crows
  • Monkey Gone To Heaven by The Pixies
  • Monkey Man by The Rolling Stones
  • Monkey Wrench by Foo Fighters
  • Proudest Monkey by Dave Matthews Band
  • Shake Me Like a Monkey by Dave Matthews Band
  • Shock Monkey by Peter Gabriel
  • Sleepy Monkey by Widespread Panic
  • Tweeter and the Monkey Man by Traveling Wilburys

Famous Monkeys

  • Abu, from the movie “Aladdin”
  • Binks,from movie “Outbreak” (1995) and “George of the Junge”
  • Boots, from the animated TV show “Dora the Explorer”
  • Curious George, from the movie “Curious George”
  • Dunston, from the movie “Dunston Checks In”
  • Rafiki, from the movie “The Lion King”
  • Mason, from the movie “Madagascar”

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