Monkey Life Cycle: Lesson for Kids

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 are going to learn about the life cycle of a monkey, from birth through adulthood.

Curious George

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 organism, or 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.

Life Cycle Stages of a Monkey

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.


Example of a mother monkey with a baby monkey in her belly
mother monkey


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.


Example of a baby monkey on the back of its mother monkey during babyhood
Baby monkey on the back of its mother


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