Macho the Spider Monkey

Scientific Name: Ateles geoffroyi

Status: Endangered

Macho's Story: Macho was placed with SWI from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Facts: Spider monkeys get their name because they have long arms, and long legs that sometimes look like a spiders web. These primates live in tropical rainforests in large family groups called a troop. They have adapted for brachiation through the trees and swing hand over hand. A large part of there diet is fruit. 

Range: Central and South America (from Mexico to Brazil)

Conservation: Their status is continuing in to decline due to habitat destruction, hunting, and trapping. 

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