Monkey clings to metal fence

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Tiny primate

An adorable young Geoffroy's spider monkey clings to the chainlink fence of its enclosure on Sept. 18 at the Rosy Walter Zoo near Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

 

This endangered species of spider monkey is found in much of Central America, and is named after the French naturalist Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, who also happens to serve as the namesake for this near-threatened wild cat.

 

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Two monkeys cling to a metal fence

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A family in captivity

A mother Geoffroy's spider monkey and her baby climb the chainlink fence of their zoo enclosure. Often weighing between 13 and 20 pounds, the species is one of the largest New World monkeys. Their strong prehensile tail measures longer than their body and enables them to support their entire hanging weight.

 

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A monkey screeches from behind a metal fence

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Unhappy monkey

A Geoffroy's spider monkey screeches from behind the rusted chainlink fence of its zoo enclosure. Although their maximum life span in the wild is undetermined, the monkeys can live at least 33 years in captivity.

 

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