Prepare to be amazed as we uncover the fascinating world of primates, specifically facts about monkeys. From the lush rainforest to the jungles, you will find our favorite friend, the monkey! See what fun facts about monkeys you learn as we dive deep into these facts.
Did you know that monkeys are one of the most varied animal groups on the planet? It’s true; they can range in size from the tiny pygmy marmoset weighing only 100 grams to a mandrill that can weigh 35 kilograms!
Whether they are swinging from tree to tree or running on the ground, monkeys are known for their agility, intelligence, and social behavior. Monkeys are also incredible problem solvers, using tools and unique social behaviors making them fascinating to watch.
Who else loves watching the monkeys when you go to the zoo? Monkeys are really social and live in well-organized troops or families with a social hierarchy.
As we swing into these fun facts about monkeys, you may discover a few new facts that you will want to tell your friends and family.
If you want to learn even more fun facts with your friends and family be sure to check out our list of Weird Facts About Animals and Facts About Raccoons to discover even more fascinating finds you didn’t know before.
100 Fun Facts About Monkeys
- We know of 264 different species of monkeys around the world.
- Monkeys have opposable thumbs like people do.
- New World monkeys have tails that can grip and are from Central, South, and North America.
- Old World monkeys do not have gripping tails and are from Asia and Africa.
- Old World monkeys fill their cheeks with food to later eat when they feel they are safe.
- Monkeys eat both meat and plants, such as nuts, fruits, seeds, flowers, bird eggs, small animals like lizards, small insects, and spiders.
- Howler monkeys can be heard up to 3 miles away and are the loudest monkeys.
- The tail of a Howler monkey is almost five times longer than its body.
- The Pygmy Marmoset is the size of a banana and is the smallest monkey known on earth.
- The Pygmy Marmoset can bite into a tree with their sharp teeth and get sap out.
- The nose of a male Proboscis Monkey is big and can be over 3.9 inches and is thought to make the females more attracted to them.
- Squirrel Monkeys are able to make 25 different calls, such as barks, purrs, screams, peeps, and squawks.
- In June of 2007, the Lesula Monkey was discovered living in the forests of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
- Adult monkeys can live anywhere between 10 and 50 years.
- An Ape has no tail, and Monkeys do have tails.
- Like a human, all monkeys have a unique fingerprint.
- There are monkeys on all continents except Antarctica.
- The Golden Snub-nosed Monkeys are the furriest monkey and live in the cold, snowy mountains of China.
- Pata monkeys can run 35 mph as the fastest monkeys.
- Pata Monkeys can sprint from 0 to 33 mph in 3 seconds.
- Female and male Pata monkeys live in groups divided by sex.
- Even with a warning to not keep them as pets, people still keep Capuchin Monkeys as pets but not domesticated.
- White-throated Capuchin Monkeys live in trees and hardly ever leave them.
- Capuchins Monkeys use tools like rocks and tree branches to smash nuts and club snakes.
- White-faced Capuchin Monkeys pick each other’s noses to say hello.
- Capuchin Monkeys go to school to be able to learn how to become helper monkeys for those that might not be able to do things on their own.
- Spider Monkeys live in groups that are as large as 36 monkeys.
- At night Spider Monkeys divide up into smaller groups of about 6 to sleep at night.
- Spider monkeys have a tail that can grip a branch and have no thumbs.
- South American Titi monkeys mate for life.
- South American Titi monkeys cuddle, hold hands, and even intertwine their tales to show love for each other.
- The groups of monkeys can be called missions, tribes, troops, or cartloads. They help each other and take care of their babies.
- The biggest monkeys are the leaders of the group.
- By age four or five, a monkey is considered an adult.
- A monkey was the first creature to go into space.
- Monkeys have good memories and remember paths through the forest as they move around.
- Owl monkeys have eyes that see in the dark.
- Monkeys are not considered Apes, and vice versa.
- Some monkeys see in black and white, and others see color.
- a popular German story called “Roman de Renart” (Reynard the Fox) is presumed to be where the word monkey comes from.
- People in Africa sell monkeys as meat to eat.
- In a few parts of Africa, Asia, and China, they eat the brains of the monkey.
- In the Hindu religion, there is a human-like monkey God called Hanuman.
- Male Mandrills are known as the largest monkey as they can be 3 feet long and weigh 100 pounds.
- The red and blue cheeks of mandrills face can brighten when they are excited.
- Macaques use their eyes, ears, brows, and mouth to communicate.
- A sign of aggression for monkeys is grinning, yawning, head bobbing, and pulling the lip.
- They groom each other to show love and express affection and even to make up with each other.
- Proboscis monkeys can swim.
- Many monkeys sleep 9.5 hours each night.
- Nocturnal night monkeys sleep 17 hours a day.
- Monkeys sleep in trees while sitting on branches.
- There are several monkey species that are on the endangered species list and are at risk of dying out completely.
- There are only 150 Tonkin Snub-Nosed monkeys in existence.
- Europe has only one wild monkey species.
- Bald Uakari have red faces, and they say the brighter the face, the healthier they are.
- Japanese macaques often soak in groups at the volcanic hot springs.
- Monkeys eat a lot more than bananas, such as nuts, fruits, leaves, flowers, vegetables, bark, roots, rodents, birds, invertebrates, and more—pretty much whatever is available in their habitat.
- Monkeys’ IQs are high, just like young kids.
- We can get sick from a monkey spreading germs
- The common cold isn’t going to make a monkey sick.
- A spider monkey that is held in captivity by itself will die of loneliness.
- Monkeys will steal your food if you are not careful in Bangkok.
- Monkeys can feel love, fear, and compassion.
- The Myanmar monkeys sneeze when it rains.
- Lesula monkeys have faces that look a lot like human faces.
- Monkeys help spread seeds all over their environment by spiting them out or by pooping them.
- There is a flower that looks like a monkey called the Dracula Simia, commonly called “Monkey orchid” or Monkey-like Dracula.”
- In Nepal, there is a “Monkey Temple” where they can go. That is named The Swayambhunath Temple.
- Many monkey species are either considered threatened or endangered.
- Rhesus monkeys can recognize themselves in the mirror.
- The most intelligent animal in the world is the orangutan.
- After being bitten by a monkey Alexander, the first died of sepsis.
- Like a good mother, female monkeys teach their young how to floss their teeth.
- Monkeys are smart enough that they once figured out how to slingshot themselves over the electrical fence of their enclosure.
- The Diana monkey was named for the Roman goddess of hunting because the stripe on its forehead resembles Diana’s bow.
- If a monkey throws its poop in your face, you could get sick.
- We did not come from monkeys. We just share a common ancestry 25 to 30 million years ago.
- One of the rarest and most unique-looking monkeys in the world is the named uakari.
- Emperor Tamarin is thought to have been named for German Emperor Wilhelm II because they both have great mustaches.
- Pygmy marmosets can leap 15 feet into the air even though they are small.
- You can hear the booming sounds of Monkeys from about 1 mile away.
- Monkeys can hate things.
- Large monkeys have sharp claws that can kill if needed.
- Monkeys work in groups to get food.
- Lion’s fangs are shorter than a mandrill monkey’s fangs.
- Spider monkeys’ tails can hold their whole body weight.
- Baboons have more than 30 sounds that they use to communicate with each other.
- Scientists discovered the Lesula monkey in 2007.
- Most monkeys live on the ground and not in the trees.
- Capuchins are the most common monkeys in the world.
- Some monkeys will groom and share food with deer for a ride to where they are trying to go.
- There is a woman in Columbia that says she was raised by monkeys.
- Several countries still use monkeys to test products and other things.
- Mother monkeys will mourn a lost child.
- Monkeys are primates.
- The first monkey in space was named Albert II.
- Monkeys have brains that are too large for their size, making them so smart.
- Monkeys have flat noses and eyes that face forward.
- Monkeys yawn like a human does, and it means they are tired.
Monkeys are just incredible, aren’t they? Hopefully, you learned something new from this list. If you did, leave us a comment telling us what you learned!
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