Animals of Costa Rica

Central American Spider Monkey

Category: Mammals

They are the largest primate found in Costa Rica, ranging in size from 30cm to 60cm in body length and an additional 60cm to 85cm for their tail! On average, they will weight around 6kg (14lbs). The color of their fur ranges from dark blacks and browns on their arms and legs, and red, golden and lighter brown hues featuring on their chests and backs. Their arms and legs are long and thin however boast impressive strength! Their long, prehensile tail is used as an additional limb and helps them move through the canopy with ease.

Taxonomy (Ateles geoffroyi)
Spanish Name Mono araña
Other Common Names Geoffroy’s spider monkey, black-handed spider monkey, black-headed spider monkey
Lifespan 22-30 years old. The oldest spider monkey ever recorded lived to be 33 years of age.
Distribution From the east coast of Mexico down to Panama.
Behavior They are highly social animals and often gather in groups of nearly 40 individuals however it is more common to see them in smaller groups when they are sleeping, and foraging for food.
Diet Fruits make up most of their diet however it is also supplemented with nuts, leaves and flowers.
Reproduction Females will give birth to a single baby ever 2-5 years.
Threats They are hunted for their meat, threatened by habitat destruction and often fall victim to the illegal pet trade.