Showing posts with label Animals. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Animals. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Cotton-Top Tamarin


We just learned about the Common Marmoset.

Another type of New World Monkey is the Cotton-Top Tamarin, also called the saguinus oedipus.

This is a very small monkey that lives in Columbia.
It grows to about 10 inches long, and weighs about 1 pound.

Just like you would think from the name, these monkeys have white fluffy hair on their head.
They mostly eat bugs, fruits, and the liquid that comes off of trees like sap.
These monkeys do a lot of talking, and can make over 30 different types of whistles and chirps to talk to other monkeys.
Sometimes they might be telling the other monkeys that they want some food, or other times they might be warning everyone of danger.

There are a lot of these monkeys being kept as pets, but there are only about 6,000 cotton top tamarins left in the wild.



(from: wikipedia - cotton-top tamarin)


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Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Common Marmoset


We just learned about the Proboscis Monkey.

We've learned about 19 of the 138 types of Old World Monkeys.
Let's learn about some of the 154 types of New World Monkeys!

One type of New World Monkey is the Common Marmoset also called callithrix jacchus.

These monkeys are very small, only about 7 inches tall and weighing less than 1 pound.
Their fur can be lots of different colors, like brown, grey or yellow.
On their heads they have white ear tufts that stick out making them look like they have big white poofy ears.

Marmosets live in South America, and eat mostly just insects and the gooey things inside of trees like sap.
They have tiny claws and teeth, so they will dig on a tree to get the sap and then eat it up.

There are lots of different faces these monkeys make to talk to each other, like holding their mouth open, frowning, staring or flattening their ear tufts.
They make high or low chirping or whistle sounds to send different messages.




(from: wikipedia - common marmoset)



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Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Proboscis Monkey


We just learned about the Golden Snub Nosed Monkey.

Another type of old world monkey is the Proboscis Monkey also called nasalis larvatus.

This type of monkey has a long nose, red brown skin and a long tail.

They live mostly in mangrove forests in the southeast part of the island of Borneo.
These monkeys are over 2 feet tall, and they weigh about 50 pounds.
Their nose can grow up to 4 inches long.

Proboscis monkeys make lots of sounds like honking at younger monkeys or when they are in danger.


(from: wikipedia - proboscis monkey)



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Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Golden Snub Nosed Monkey


We just learned about the Red Shanked Douc.

Another type of old world monkey is the Golden Snub Nosed Monkey.

These monkeys live in the mountains of China, and can live in snowy colder places than most monkeys.

Golden snub nosed monkeys grow to about 2 feet long and weigh about 35 pounds.
They have long gold colored fur and white faces.



(from: wikipedia - golden snub-nosed monkey)


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Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Red-Shanked Douc


We just learned about the Maroon Leaf Monkey.

Another type of Old World Monkey is the Red-Shanked Douc.

This monkey lives only in Vietnam, Laos or Cambodia.

They spend most of their lives in the trees, and only sometimes come down to the ground for water.
Since they live in the trees they are great jumpers, and can jump up to 20 feet!
Red-Shanked Doucs grow to about 2 feet long, with a tail about 2 and 1/2 feet long, and they can weigh up to 24 pounds.

These monkeys are one of the most colorful of all monkeys, and have been called the queen of primates because of their colors.
Their fur has many different colors, like red, orange, yellow, brown, black, and grey.
They have red legs, grey and white arms, black hands and feet, and a yellow face with blue eyelids and white whiskers.

For food these monkeys mostly only eat leaves, and when they digest those leaves in their stomachs it makes a lot of gas, so these monkeys are known to burp a lot!



(from: wikipedia - red-shanked douc)


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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Maroon Leaf Monkey


We just learned about the Dusky Leaf Monkey.

Another type of monkey is the Maroon Leaf Monkey also called the red leaf monkey.

This monkey lives on the island of Borneo, spending most of their time in the trees.
They get their name from the color of the fur on their body.

These monkeys mostly eat fruits, seeds and leaves, but they also sometimes eat dirt!
There are termites that make dirt mounds for homes, and because the termites are living there they leave a bunch of other minerals like calcium, magnesium or aluminum.
The monkeys need these minerals, so they will go down to the dirt and eat it, but not the termites just the dirt!


(from: wikipedia - maroon leaf monkey)



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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Dusky Leaf Monkey


We just learned about the Northern Plains Gray Langur.

Another kind of old world monkey is the Dusky Leaf Monkey.

This type of monkey lives in Asia, usually living in trees and eating leaves.

They have mostly black and grey fur, with a white mouth and white circles around their black eyes.


(from: wikipedia - dusky leaf monkey)



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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Northern Plains Gray Langur


We just learned about the Zanzibar Red Colobus.

Another type of Old World Monkey is the Northern Plains Gray Langur, also called the sacred langur, or hanuman langur.

This monkey can grow to over 2 feet long, and weigh about 40 pounds.
They have mostly light colored fur on their body, but their back, arms, legs and face are all black.

People in some parts of the world worship these monkeys as they believe they were part of some magical battles long ago.

These monkeys mostly live in India, and can either live pretty much anywhere from forests to dry lands.
Groups of these monkeys live together, sometimes over 100 monkeys living together.
To eat these monkeys mostly have fruits and leaves, and sometimes bugs.

Some people keep these monkeys as pets like guard monkeys to scare away other types of monkeys they don't like.
They also are friendly with a type of deer called the chital deer, where they will work together to help warn each other of predators.


(from: wikipedia - northern plains gray langur)



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Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Zanzibar Red Colobus


We just learned about the Mantled Guereza.

Another type of Old World Monkey is the Zanzibar Red Colobus, also called Kirk's red colobus.

This is a type of monkey that lives only on the island of Zanzibar.
Their fur can be white, red and black.
Usually their back is red, and they have a black stripe on their sides and arms, their belly is white and their face is black.

They don't get very big, only about 25 pounds.
One funny thing is that these monkeys smell bad, and are called "kima punju" which means "poison monkey" and some people used to think that their bad smell was bad magic that killed the trees.

Most primates have a thumb that sticks out a little different, but these monkeys are part of the "colobus" family, which means "he cut short".
The name is because they only have a tiny little thumb, but they have longer fingers than most monkeys.



(from: wikipedia - zanzibar red colobus)


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Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Mantled Guereza


We just learned about the Mandrill.

Another type of Old World Monkey is the Mantled Guereza, also called the eastern black and white colobus, or the colobus guereza.

This type of monkey has black fur, with long white hair going on its sides and back, and white around its face.
They live in forests of Africa, and eats seeds fruits and bugs.


(from: wikipedia - mantled guereza)



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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Mandrill


We just learned about the Collared Mangabey.

Another type of old world monkey is the Mandrill.

This type of monkey has grey or green fur, a very colorful red and blue face, and big sharp teeth.
Growing to around 82 pounds and 3 feet long, these are the biggest monkeys in the world.

These monkeys live in parts of Africa, and are omnivores meaning they eat anything from plants to animals.
Mandrills live in big groups of hundreds, sometimes 600 to 800 in one group called a "horde".
The male monkeys help protect the horde, and are so big and strong that they will even fight off leopards who come to try and attack the horde.




(from: wikipedia - mandrill)



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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Collared Mangabey


We just learned about the Gelada.

Another type of Old World Monkey is the Collared Mangabey, also called the red capped mangabey, white collared mangabey and cercocebus torquatus.

This monkey has grey fur with a brown red top of its head and white fur around its neck like a collar.
It also has white eyelids, so sometimes people think it looks like it has four eyes.

These monkeys grow to be about 22 pounds and two feet long.


(from: wikipedia - collared mangabey)


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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Gelada


We just learned about the Olive Baboon.

Another type of old world monkey is the Gelada, also sometimes called the bleeding-heart monkey.

This type of monkey is lives only in the mountains in Ethiopia.
They grow to be about 40 pounds and a little over 2 feet tall.

These monkeys have mostly black or brown fur, but they have an hourglass shaped place on their chest with no hair where their skin is bright red.
They usually sleep on the cliffs in the mountains and then go to the grassland areas to eat.



(from: wikipedia - gelada)



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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Olive Baboon


We just learned about the Uganda Mangabey.

Another type of old world monkey is the Olive Baboon, also called the Anubis Baboon, or Papio Anubis.

These monkeys live all over Africa, in forests, deserts, and grasslands.
They get the name Olive Baboon because their fur looks olive colored.
Their other name Anubis Baboon comes from the way their face looks kind of like the dog faced statue of the Egyptian Anubis.

Olive Baboons are a little over 2 feet tall and weigh about 50 pounds.
Usually they talk to each other using grunts, but if they get scared by another animal they might shout "Wahoo!" to warn everyone.

These baboons will eat just about anything, from plants and bugs to mice, birds, and other larger animals.
They will sometimes even go after sheep, goats and chickens from farms!

Some elephants and the baboons have learned to work together to survive.
Elephants will dig holes to get water, and baboons will be lookouts up in the trees to warn if there is danger coming.


(from: wikipedia - olive baboon)



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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Uganda Mangabey


We just learned about the Lion Tailed Macaque.

Another type of Old World Monkey is the Uganda Mangabey, also called the lophocebus ugandae.

Just like you would think from the name, these monkeys live in Uganda.
They grow to be about 3 feet long, weighing about 24 pounds.

Usually these monkeys live in the forests, but they go down to the ground for food, where they eat mostly fruits, nuts and seeds.



(from: wikipedia - uganda mangabey)



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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

L'Hoest's Monkey


We just learned about the De Brazzs Monkey.

Another type of monkey is the L'Hoest's Monkey.

This type of monkey is known as a guenon monkey, and it lives in the middle of Africa in an area called the Congo basin.
The live in mountains with forests, and have dark fur with a white fury beard.

These are small monkeys, only about 2 feet long and weighing around 13 pounds.
They spend most of their time in the trees, and even sleep in the trees.



(from: wikipedia - l'hoest's monkey)



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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

De Brazza's Monkey


We just learned about the Green Monkey.

Another type of Old World Monkey is the De Brazza's Monkey also called the cercopithecus neglectus.

These are a type of monkey in a group called "geunon" monkeys, with has over 20 different types of monkeys.
The De Brazza's monkey is the biggest of all of the type of guenon monkeys, and it was named after the scientist who discovered it, Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza.

This kind of monkey is very shy and hides from humans most of the time, which is why its scientific name is "cercopithecus neglectus" meaning it neglects or ignores people most of the time.

They are pretty easy to spot in the wild, because they have an orange crescent shaped mark of fur on their forehead, a white beard, which doesn't match the rest of their grey body.



(from: wikipedia - de brazza's monkey)



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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Green Monkey


We just learned about the Patas Monkey.

Another type of Old World Monkey is a Green Monkey.

The Green Monkey is part of a group of monkeys called the "Chlorocebus" which comes from the words "chloro" meaning green, and "cebus" meaning long tailed monkey.

There are 6 kinds of cholorocebus monkeys: Green Monkey, Grivet, Bale Mountains Vervet, Tantalus Monkey, Vervet Monkey, and Malbrouck.

These Green Monkeys aren't green, they just have some yellow fur on them, and they can grow to be about 17 pounds and 2 feet long.
They live together with groups of up to 80 monkeys like one big family.

When there is danger nearby these monkeys will yell to warn their family, and sometimes they use a specific yell for one kind of animal they are scared of, almost like they have a word for that animal.



(from: wikipedia - green monkey)



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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Patas Monkey


We just learned about the Allen's Swamp Monkey.

Another kind of Old World Monkey is the Patas Monkey, also called the wadi monkey, hussar monkey or erythrocebus patas.

This monkey lives on the ground in the areas of Africa called the Savannah, which is grasslands with some trees.
They grow to be about 2 feet long, and weigh about 27 pounds.
These monkeys can very fast, at 34 miles per hour they are the fastest of all the primates!
On their faces, these monkeys have what looks like a mustache.

When these monkeys live together, they are usually in big groups of all female monkeys, up to 60 females together, and sometimes no male monkeys.
Male monkeys will sometimes live in groups together, but usually they just live by themselves.

Some people believe that these monkeys with mustaches were the animals that gave Dr. Seuss the idea for the Lorax.
They live mostly by special whistling thorn acacia trees, that might have given him the idea for the truffala trees.



(from: wikipedia - patas monkey)



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Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Allen's Swamp Monkey


We just learned about the Talapoin Monkey.

Another type of primate is the Allen's Swamp Monkey.

Just like the Talapoin monkey, this is one of the "Old World Monkeys".

This monkey got it's name because it was discovered by zoologist Joel Asaph Allen, and it lives in swampy watery areas.

These primates are about 2 feet long, and weigh up to 13 pounds.
They are strong monkeys, with greyish green fur, and a redish face.
Their fingers and toes have some webbing on them that help them swim in the water.



(from: wikipedia - allen's swamp monkey)



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