SPIDER MONKEYS

The spider monkeys are the Ateles genus with at least eleven species and ​eight subspecies.

Ateles chamek

CONSERVATION STATUS: ENDANGERED

Black-faced black spider monkeys are also commonly known as Peruvian spider monkeys. Despite their alias, they are actually found in Bolivia and Brazil, as well as in Peru. They inhabit areas in northeast Peru, northern Bolivia, and the western Amazon rainforest in Brazil. They are primarily found in lowland forests but also live in…

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Ateles fusciceps

CONSERVATION STATUS: ENDANGERED

The brown-headed spider monkey is endemic to Ecuador, Colombia, and Panama. There are two known subspecies: the nominate brown-headed spider monkey, Ateles fusciceps fusciceps, found in the Andes tropical and subtropical humid forests of northwestern Ecuador, and the Colombian black spider monkey….

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Ateles geoffroyi

CONSERVATION STATUS: ENDANGERED

Geoffroy’s spider monkeys, also called black-handed spider monkeys, are native to Central America. Their range includes Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. An arboreal species, this New World monkey hangs out in the upper levels of the forest canopy in a variety of forestland, including rainforests, evergreen, mangrove swamp, semi-deciduous, cloud forests, and montane forests…

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Ateles paniscus

CONSERVATION STATUS: ENDANGERED

Guiana spider monkeys, also known as black spider monkeys or red-faced spider monkeys, are native to South America, north of the Amazon River. They are found in Brazil, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname, and possibly Venezuela. If they are present in Venezuela, they would be found at the eastern tip, since there are no physical or habitat barriers on the Venezuela-Guiana border. Their presence has not been…

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Ateles geoffroyi vellerosus

CONSERVATION STATUS: ENDANGERED

The Mexican spider monkey is one of six recognized subspecies of the Geoffroy’s spider monkey. Populations of the Mexican spider monkey occur in the Southern Mexican states of Veracruz, Oaxaca, Chiapas, Tabasco, Yucatan, and Quintana Roo. Farther south, beyond its eponymic country, this monkey is found in Guatemala…

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Ateles geoffroyi ornatus

CONSERVATION STATUS: VULNERABLE

Ornate spider monkeys are a subspecies of the Geoffroy’s spider monkey. They are endemic to Costa Rica and Panama, as well as to the southernmost part of Nicaragua, close to the border with Costa Rica. A population was also introduced to the island of Barro Colorado, Panama. Most ornate spider monkeys live at altitudes ranging…

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Ateles hybridus

CONSERVATION STATUS: CRITICALLY ENDANGERED

The variegated spider monkey—also known as the brown spider monkey—is endemic to northern Colombia and northwestern Venezuela. They are an arboreal species that prefers the canopies of tall trees; they mostly opt for rainforest habitats, but riverine, marsh, and semi-deciduous forests also suit this species’ needs. Primary….

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Ateles belzebuth

CONSERVATION STATUS: ENDANGERED

White-bellied spider monkeys, also known as white-fronted or long-haired spider monkeys, are native to the northwestern lowland and montane Amazonian forests of Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Peru, and Brazil. The Amazon rainforest, which has been in existence for at least 55 million years, is warm and moist. It is one of the…

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Ateles marginatus

CONSERVATION STATUS: ENDANGERED

The white-cheeked spider monkey, also called the white-whiskered spider monkey, is endemic to the Amazon Basin in central Brazil. Their range is bound by the Rio Tapajós, Rio Teles Pires, Rio Xingu, and Rio Amazonas. They live in the lush, extremely biodiverse lowland rainforests for which the region is known. White-cheeked

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