Variegated spider monkey

Critically endangered

Inigo and Itsch are the park's two spider monkeys


Scientific name : Ateles hybridus

Where do they live?

South America (Colombia and Venezuela) at an elevation between 200 and 700 m

Did you know?

The gardeners of the forest
The fruit diet of the variegated spider monkey helps disperse seeds in its ecosystem, thereby ensuring the renewal and expansion of the tropical rain forests. In a year, one individual disperses an estimated 195,000 seeds of approximately 1 mm in diameter and 35,000 seeds of more than 3 mm, from more than 150 different species of fruit! The dispersed seeds sprout in an average radius of 450 m around the "source" tree, but some seeds have been able to develop up to 1.2 km from their place of origin!

The variegated spider monkey is a primate whose name comes from their long spindly limps and their prehensile tail that resemble spider legs. They live in the canopies of Colombia and Venezuela’s tropical rain forests. Their diet consists mainly of fruit that they find in the treetops.
Spider monkeys are social animals and live in groups of up to twenty individuals. The groups are mixed, without an established hierarchy other than the age of the individuals. Males stay in their group all their lives, while young females may leave their birth group to join a new one.

Body length

45 to 50 cm.

Length of the tail

75 to 80 cm.

Weight

Males: 10 kg and Females: 7.5 kg.

Life expectancy

27 years in the wild (40 years in captivity).

Gestation period

7 and a half months.

Sexual maturity

Between 4 and 5 years .

Conservation and education go hand in hand

The variegated spider monkey is protected in some South American reserves and conservation efforts have begun in Colombia and Venezuela. The objective of the associations on site is above all to train new scientists to learn more about the biology and ecology of the species. The associations also educate the young generations: the communities are thus directly involved in the sustainable conservation of their ecosystem over time.