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Endangered Monkeys: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Jennifer Lowery

Jennifer has taught elementary levels K-3 and has master's degrees in elementary education and curriculum/instruction and educational leadership.

There are many different types of monkeys in the world that are endangered. In this lesson, learn about specific endangered monkeys, where they live, and why the population numbers of these animals are decreasing.

Endangered Monkeys

Can you imagine our world without monkeys? It is a sad and scary thought, but many types of monkeys are endangered. This means that they are at risk of becoming extinct, or no longer in existence. Let's find out about some monkeys that are endangered, and learn why their populations are getting smaller.

Tonkin Snub-Nosed Monkey

The Tonkin snub-nosed monkey is found only in northern Vietnam. Scientists actually believed that this monkey was extinct for a while. It turns out that there are still a few in existence, but not many at all. In fact, there are fewer than 200 of these monkeys hanging around the trees of Vietnam. These furry creatures are endangered because of construction that occurs in their habitat, or the environment where they live.

Brown-Headed Spider Monkey

The brown-headed spider monkey is found in Ecuador, and is now critically endangered. This means that there is only a very small number of these monkeys left in the world. The population of this type of monkey is getting smaller because of human development. When people want to build houses or businesses, they often have to clear forest areas that are homes to these monkeys. The building of roads can also take away areas where brown-headed spider monkeys can live. Additionally, they are often hunted, and people try to catch them so they can keep them for pets.

Several different types of spider monkeys are endangered.
spider monkey

Pig-Tailed Langur

A langur is a type of monkey, and the pig-tailed langur is an endangered monkey that lives in Indonesia. They are big fans of forest areas because they can swing from the branches of the numerous trees found there. Sadly, these forests in Indonesia are being destroyed. Companies are cutting down the trees to use as logs, and human development is also taking away the habitat of the pig-tailed langur.

Douc Langur

There are three different types of douc langurs, and all three of them are on the endangered list. These monkeys can be red, black, or gray in color and they love to hang in the forest areas of Cambodia and Vietnam. Sadly, the numbers for each type of douc langur are declining because of the reduction of their forest habitats.

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