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New World Monkeys (Primates)
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New World Monkeys (Primates)

New World monkeys live in Mexico, Central America, and South America. Most of these primates typically stay up high in the trees, eating leaves, fruit, nuts, and sometimes insects. Some have prehensile tails, allowing them to grip, and hang from, tree branches.

From the howler monkey’s loud calls to the capuchin’s intelligence, there’s a lot to learn about New World monkeys.

Documentary Educational Resources
Mammals: Monkey

Mammals: Monkey

From cheek pouches to rump pads, the smallest to the largest, fun facts on New World and Old World monkeys are here. And don’t miss the video on capuchins. More...

Article
San Diego Zoo
Monkeys Stay Away from Mean People

Monkeys Stay Away from Mean People

We form an impression of people by how we see them behave. The same may be true for capuchin monkeys, according to one study. More...

Article
Scientific American
Capuchin Monkeys More than Just a Pretty Face

Capuchin Monkeys More than Just a Pretty Face

Over 20 years, scientists have been studying conflict resolution in capuchin monkeys. Discover what they’ve learned about this New World monkey’s complex society. More...

Video
Reuters
Howler Monkey

Howler Monkey

As you may have guessed by their name, howler monkeys are loud. Get details about their whooping barks and life in the treetops of Central and South America. More...

Article
National Geographic
Mireya Mayor: Primatologist

Mireya Mayor: Primatologist

Watch this former NFL cheerleader talk about her exciting life studying lemurs, trudging through piranha-infested waters, and fleeing gorilla-attacks. More...

Profile
NOVA/PBS
Monkey Lander

Monkey Lander

Collect fruits and land your spaceship gently to make it through all 10 levels of this addictive game. Good luck! More...

Game
TheKidzPage.com
Monkeys’ Many Faces

Monkeys’ Many Faces

With a variety of colors, patterns, beards, and masks, the faces of New World monkeys are strikingly diverse. Find out why in this photo essay. More...

Images
BBC Nature
New World Monkeys

New World Monkeys

It’s not just range that distinguishes New World monkeys from Old World monkeys. Find out how the nose, monogamous bonding, and paternal care set them apart. More...

Article
Animal Corner
Practice Quiz for New World Monkeys

Practice Quiz for New World Monkeys

Want to test what you know about New World monkeys? As you answer each question, instant feedback will let you know if you’re on track. More...

Interactive
Dr. Dennis O'Neil
Primate Images: New World Monkeys

Primate Images: New World Monkeys

Take a peek at bearded sakis, titis, muriquis, owl monkeys, woolly monkeys, and other New World monkeys. You’ll find facts and videos, too. More...

Images
Primate Info Net

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