They are found from Mexico south to Brazil.
They live in the rainforest.
They have a small, rounded belly and a worried faced. They have thin arms, long, thin legs and a very long tail. They have a tail that can grasp like a hand (prehensile) and carry the weight of their whole body for a long time. They weigh about 20 pounds.
They live in trees (arboreal), sometimes 100 feet above the ground. They don't come to the ground very often, but they can walk on 2 feet. They are active during the day (diurnal).
They eat fruit, nuts, seeds, leaves and even insects or small animals.
They are eaten by birds of prey, snakes, ocelots, and jaguars.
Females are pregnant for 7-8 months (gestation). Babies hold on to their mothers' belly and then travel on her back until independent.
They can live 20-27 years in the wild. They are listed as endangered.
Species: Ateles geoffroyi
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