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Fun facts: monkeys for kids

Monkeys are furry animals related to the apes (See Kingdom Animal: facts for kids). Most monkeys are smaller than apes and, unlike apes, generally have long tails. Their arms are shorter in proportion to their legs than are those of apes; Monkeys are less intelligent than apes, but have highly developed brains compared with other animals. They are clever with their hands and feet, and can grasp and hold objects.

Most monkeys live in trees, and are agile at running and leaping through the forests, many feet above the ground. All monkeys but the douroucouli of South America rest at night and are active during the day. The main food of monkeys is fruit and other plant food, insects and other small creatures, and birds' eggs.

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Fun facts monkeys for kids

Vervet Monkey

Squirrel Monkey

Biologists divide monkeys into two major groups. They are the Old World monkeys of Africa, Asia and the southwestern tip of Europe, and the New World monkeys of Central and South America. They show some striking differences. The Old World monkeys have longer noses, and eyes and nostrils that are closer together. They include a number of ground-dwelling kinds. All New World monkeys, on the other hand, live in trees. Many of them have prehensile tails - tails with which they can grip branches and swing along. No Old World monkeys can do this.

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Fun facts monkeys for kids

Black Howler Monkey

Diana Monkey

The macaques form a large Old World group. They include the common rhesus monkey and the barbary ape of Gibraltar - the only European monkey. The long-snouted baboons form another large group. They often live on the ground in large groups. Other Old World species include the long-nosed proboscis monkey of Borneo, which is a good swimmer, and the colobus monkey, which has long silky fur.

Important groups of New World monkeys include the small titis and sakis; the large, noisy howlers; the capucins, intelligent, acrobatic creatures; and the extremely common squirrel monkeys. The spider monkeys have long limbs, while the woolly monkeys are covered in thick, dark fur. The marmosets include the smallest of all monkeys.

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