- Common Name: Monkey
- Order: Primates
- Suborder: Haplorhini
- Infraorder: Simiiformes
- Pravorders (living): Catarrhini, Cercopithecidae and Platyrrhini
- Pravorders (extinct): Parapithecidae
- Number of Species: Over 260
17 Monkey Facts for Kids
- Monkey is a common name for a group of primate mammals in the Simiiformes infraorder.
- There are over 260 different species of monkeys worldwide.
- Monkeys are divided into two different groups, Old World Monkeys and New World Monkeys.
- Old World Monkeys live in Africa and Asia.
- New World Monkeys live in South America.
- A crab-eating macaque (Macaca fascicularis) is considered an Old World Monkey.
- A southern muriqui (Brachyteles arachnoides) is considered a New World Monkey.
- The mandrill (Mandrillus sphinx) is the largest monkey, males have an average weight of 71 pounds.
- The pygmy marmoset (Cebuella pygmaea) is the smallest monkey, with an average weight of just 3.5 ounces.
- Monkeys are mostly omnivores and eat fruit, leaves, nuts and insects.
- All species of monkeys have opposable thumbs just like humans.
- Monkeys live both on the ground and in trees.
- Monkeys that spend their entire lives in trees are called arboreal.
- A group of monkeys is referred to as a mission, tribe, or troop.
- Baboons (genus Papio) are one of the largest primates that are not classified as apes (hominoid).
- The howler monkey (genus Alouatta) can howl so loud that it can be heard over 3 miles away.
- The spider monkey (genus Ateles) is named after their long arms, legs and prehensile tails.
Additional Resources on Monkeys
- Monkeys: Facts, Types & Pictures – Find more monkey facts for kids on the LiveScience website.
- Monkey Species – View a list of all the different monkey species on the Monkey Worlds website.
- Monkey – Wikipedia – Explore the wonderful world of monkeys on the Wikipedia website.