Black Spider Monkey

The Black Spider Monkey (also called the Red-faced Spider Monkey) is found north of the Amazon River in Brazil, French Guiana, Surinam and possibly Venezuela. It is the largest of the seven species of spider monkey. Makes can weigh up to 11 kg. (24 lb.) and females 9.7 kg. (21 lb.)

They live in loose groups of 15 to 25 individuals sometimes up to 40) in undisturbed primary rainforests. Their diet is primarily fruits but they will also eat insects, eggs and honey when food is scarce.

Their disproportionally long and spindly limbs make them highly agile. They often travel though the trees by brachiating (swinging from one branch to another).

Black Spider Monkey @ Safari Niagara

  • There are three Black Spider Monkeys at Safari Niagara. Their names are Mateo, Festus and Che.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Family: Atelidae
Genus: Ateles
Species: Ateles paniscus

Did you know?

  • Spider monkeys are important to the spreading of seeds in their habitat.
  • Black Spider Monkeys can live up to 33 years in captivity.