Mary Grace has taught first grade for 8 years and has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and is licensed in ESL.
What Are Monkeys?
How do monkeys get down the stairs? They slide down the banana-ster!
What do monkeys wear when they cook? Ape-rons!
What do you call a monkey that sells potato chips? A chipmunk.
There are lots of silly jokes about monkeys, but do they really eat bananas? Are they really apes? Keep reading to learn lots of fun facts about monkeys!
Monkeys are a type of animal called a primate. A primate is a type of mammal that uses its fingers and thumbs to hold things. Mammals are animals that have hair, are warm-blooded, and give birth to live babies. Apes and monkeys are two separate kinds of primates. Although they are in the same animal family, apes are not monkeys. Chimpanzees, orangutans, and gorillas are all apes, so don't confuse them for monkeys!
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- 0:03 What Are Monkeys?
- 0:52 What Do Monkeys Look Like?
- 1:29 Where Do Monkeys Live?
- 1:50 What Do Monkeys Eat?
- 2:04 Monkey Fun Facts
- 2:27 Lesson Summary
What Do Monkeys Look Like?
There are 264 types of monkeys, and they all look a little bit different! All monkeys have fur, but it can be lots of different colors, usually brown or black. Almost all monkeys have tails, and this is how you can tell they are monkeys and not apes. Apes do not have tails! The pygmy marmoset is the smallest monkey, and it is only 4-6 inches tall and weighs less than half a pound. That is less than a cell phone! The biggest monkey is the mandrill. It can be over 3 feet tall, which is about as tall as a three year old, and can weigh 77 pounds, about as much as a first grader!
Where Do Monkeys Live?
There are two main groups of monkeys: Old World monkeys and New World monkeys. Old World monkeys live in Africa and Asia, and New World monkeys live in South America. Monkeys can live in trees, grasslands, forests, or mountains. Some monkeys live only in trees, and some live on the ground. Monkeys live together in a group called a troop.
What Do Monkeys Eat?
Most monkeys are omnivores. This means that they eat both animals and plants. Some monkeys even eat dirt! Monkeys do like to eat bananas. They peel their bananas just like people do, and they don't eat the peel!
Monkey Fun Facts
Here are some fun facts about monkeys:
- Monkeys like to take care of and show love for each other by grooming, or cleaning, each other.
- Howler monkeys get their name because of their very loud howl. It can be heard up to two miles away in the forest and up to three miles away in open areas!
- Spider monkeys get their name because they have a very long tail and legs, like spiders!
Monkeys are primates, a kind of mammal that uses its hands and fingers to hold things. Monkeys live in groups called troops in Africa, Asia, and South America. Most monkeys are omnivores, meaning they eat both plants and animals.
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