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Isle of Wight Zoo,Yaverland Seafront
Sandown, Isle of Wight
PO36 8QB

Black Spider Monkeys

Black Spider Monkeys
We care for a pair of black spider monkeys called Ella and Tino. They can be distinguished from their neighbours, Ike and Jackson, by their much paler faces. Ella has black spots on her face and is likely to be confused with Tino because of her prominent genital scent glands.

This pair is incredibly sweet and rarely shows any aggressive behaviour. Ella spends a lot of time napping on the ground while Tino likes to retire to their bedroom area. Their sweet nature runs out at feeding time and their table manners leave a lot to be desired. They have very similar behaviour to the black-faced black spider monkeys. They are very expressive and use a range of calls and body postures to tell us how they are feeling. Watch out for their excited chatter, the high pitched whistling they use at feeding time to beg for food and the coughing sound that signals anticipation.

When they are very excited they salivate (dribble) on their chests and rub their hands on their chest stimulating a scent gland. Spider monkeys spend most of their time resting and travelling to food sites in the wild. They often display short bursts of energy, swinging wildly around.

Price: From £5.00 per year