Monkey Life Cycle: Lesson for Kids

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Instructor: Rayna Cummings

Rayna has taught Elementary Education for 12 years (in both 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades) and holds a M.Ed in Early Childhood Education from The Ohio State University

Every organism experiences a life cycle, just like you do. In this lesson, you're going to learn about the life cycle of a monkey, from birth through adulthood. Updated: 02/22/2021

What Is a Life Cycle?

I bet you read the Curious George stories when you were little. They're about a monkey who is named George and is very curious about life and everything around him. Did you ever wonder how Curious George's life began? Curious George goes through a life cycle, just like all monkeys do. A life cycle is the changes in life of any living thing. Let's explore the life cycle of a monkey, which can last between ten and fifty years, depending on the type of monkey.

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Monkey Life Cycle Stages

Let's look at each stage, one step at a time:

Stage 1 - Gestation

The first stage of a monkey does not begin as an egg, it begins just like you do - in its mother's womb. The womb is where the monkey begins to grow inside its mother's belly, just like you did in your mother's belly. This period lasts between four and eight months, which is shorter than a human's gestation period. It is during this period that the monkey forms its body parts, including eyes, nose, head, arms, legs, and so on.

Stage 2 - Babyhood

During this stage, the monkey spends most of its time on its mother's back. This stage can last up to eighteen months. The baby monkey uses this time to learn through observation from its mother. The mother monkey teaches the baby socialization skills through playing, making calls (with their voices, not with phones, of course), finding food, and even laughing together. Mother monkeys also have to discipline the baby monkeys during this time for bad behavior, just like your mother has to with you sometimes.

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