Spider Monkeys in Zoos

The spider monkey is one of the most popular and loved monkeys, both among children and adults. Today, you will find many species of Spider monkeys in zoos all over the world and lots of other places. Read on to know more about the life of Spider monkeys in captivity.

Spider monkeys in zoos are fairly easy to feed due to their high-fruit diet. In fact, they are suitable for many zoos to keep as they basically eat the same diet as other monkeys. But Spider monkeys in captivity do require some special care. As they are social animals, they are kept in small groups to allow them to interact. Generally, one male is kept in a group with several females. Caretakers at zoos also have to keep a check on the temperature, which should not drop below 75°F or 23.8°C, as the spider monkeys do not adapt well to climate changes. Plus, these monkeys need a lot of space and room to climb.

Spider monkeys in captivity eat some of the same things, but perhaps not quite the same food all of the time. Different zoos are known to feed their spider monkeys various diets. For instance, the Hilo Zoo in Hawaii feeds their Black-handed spider monkey with a diet of 4 monkey chow biscuits each, 2 cups chopped fruits and lettuce each day.

It has been observed that Spider monkeys in captivity often do not give birth. Their pregnancies last for 139 days and only one baby is born. The life expectancy for spider monkeys in zoos is seen to be about 4–6 years. But one black spider monkey in a New York zoo, lived for 20 years.

The diet of Spider monkeys in zoos consists of nuts and fruits, for example: raisins, apples, oranges, carrots, monkey chow, dog chow, lettuce, and wheat bread.