Monday 8th February 2016 marks Chinese New Year and this year it’s the turn of the monkey! It’s time to go bananas, our year has finally come! Yes, we know apes aren’t technically monkeys but we don’t like to split hairs (or furs) – we’re all simians so we’re going to celebrate right alongside them.
To mark the start of the Year of the Monkey, we did a little research and found some weird and wonderful facts about our friends that we didn’t already know. Here are 10 facts about monkeys that will make you say “ooooo.”
1. How many?!
There are approximately 260 living species of monkey
2. The food chain
Some of the top predators of monkeys include big cats, snakes, crocodiles and even some eagles
3. From little…
The smallest monkey is the Pygym Marmoset which is less than 6 inches in length
4. To large…
The largest species of monkey is the Mandrill which can weigh up to 110lbs (50kg)
5. To incredibly loud!
The loudest monkey is the Howler monkey, which can be heard for 2-3 miles.
In India, monkeys are worshipped as they represent the God Hanuman.
7. Ape or monkey
You can easily tell a monkey and an ape apart. Apes have no tails!
8. Family ties
A group of monkeys is called a “troop”
9. The old and the new
There are 2 groups of monkey, Old World monkeys that live in Africa and Asia, and New World monkeys form South America.
10. Life span
The life span of a monkey is 10-50 years depending on it’s species
How are you planning on celebrating the Year of the Monkey? Whether you’re monkeying around in the trees or going bananas on the ground, share your ideas with us!