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Cuties or Naughty Hooligans? All the Facts About Rainforest Monkeys

30 June 2020

Once you’ve embarked on your tropical adventure, you’ll see some amazing creatures swinging through the trees, their screeches reverberating through the forest. What are they? you may wonder. The answer: rainforest monkeys. 

Believe us or not, but we think it’s well worth crossing halfway around the world to see monkeys in the wild. Some people think they are cute while the others consider them naughty hooligans. What extremes in opinions, right? 

Imagine yourself as a natural explorer like Charles Darwin, going out there to discover who these rainforest monkeys are. You need to gather information about their habitat, varieties, and eating habits. 

By reading our article, you’ll learn many interesting facts about rainforest monkeys. So, let’s unravel them below! 

Rainforest Monkeys | Ragnar blog

What Kind of Monkeys Live in the Tropical Rainforest? 

You may find yourself one day with the opportunity for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see unbelievable places like the tropical rainforest. Picture yourself on a cruise where you hear the enchanting songs of tropical birds and marvel at exotic nature all around you. What picturesque scenery can it be! 

But then your yacht suddenly stops, and you look up to see cute monkeys sitting on tree branches, looking down at you. What type of rainforest monkey might it be? There are many kinds who live in the tropics. Some of the more well-known ones are mentioned below. 

Howler Monkeys

These are the largest primates in the Amazon rainforests. Howler monkeys grow between 22–36 inches in size, and it’s more likely that you’ll hear them rather than see them. These awesome mammals have incredibly loud voices that can be heard for up to 3 miles — hence their name.

Howler Monkeys | Ragnar blog

Pygmy Marmosets

Pygmy marmosets are the smallest monkeys in the world. They weigh only 119 grams and have a size between 12–15 centimeters. Usually these mini monkeys prefer to live in small family groups. Do you want to take a photo of their tight-knit gathering? If you do, don’t forget to grab your camera on your trip around the tropics!

Pygmy Marmosets | Ragnar blog

Spider Monkeys

These cuties don’t jump like spiders. So why are they called spider monkeys? Spider monkeys get their name from their long arms and legs. These adorable creatures spend much time sitting in the jungle canopy where they can find fruits and plants to eat. Spider monkeys are quite large and weigh about 24 pounds. 

Spider Monkeys | Ragnar blog

Tamarin Monkeys 

Once you’ve embarked on your tropical cruise, you shouldn’t miss seeing a delightful animal with a white mustache — a tamarin monkey. Here is one interesting fact about these wonderful creatures: they are great parents! When a baby is born, the whole tamarin group helps the parents raise the child. 

Tamarin Monkeys | Ragnar blog

Squirrel Monkeys

Squirrel monkeys are frequent flyers of the Amazon rainforests and can be spotted easily by tourists. These charming critters live in large groups (between 25–500 members) and rarely climb down to the ground. Squirrel monkeys prefer to spend the whole day in trees, eating nuts, flowers, or lizards. 

Squirrel Monkeys | Ragnar blog

What endangered monkeys live in the tropical rainforest?

Golden lion tamarins, white-cheeked spider monkeys, and uakari monkeys are among the rarest species who live in tropical rainforests. By embarking on a tropical expedition, you may have the unique opportunity to see them in the wild! 

How Do Monkeys Adapt to Living in the Rainforest?

Tropical rainforests are perfect places for monkeys to live. It’s like a delightful paradise. Great leafy trees and the abundance of food are a few of the many things that tropical rainforests have to offer. But to live in these beautiful places, monkeys had to adapt using characteristics such as: 

  • Prehensile tails which help such types of rainforest monkeys as spider and howler monkeys to be able to swing through jungle trees on the fly.
  • Strong molars to help them grind up and digest fibrous food like leaves at ease.
  • Squeaky high voices which are great for rainforest monkeys to help them find each other in dense jungles. 
Adaptation of Monkeys to Living in the Rainforest | Ragnar blog

What Do Monkeys Eat in the Tropical Rainforest?

Everybody knows that monkeys love eating bananas. But in the tropical rainforest, there are many yummy food options for them besides just bananas. Since they spend most of their lives sitting among the tree branches, rainforest monkeys seldom pick something delicious from the ground. Their diet can be found among the trees.

 So what do they eat? 

Some of their favorite foods include nuts, bird’s eggs, lizards, leaves, fruits, insects, and many other tasty things. As you may notice, bananas aren’t the only meal option for rainforest monkeys. Tropical jungles have many food choices for them. 

Tropical rainforests are perfect places for monkeys to live


So who was correct? Are monkeys cuties or hooligans? Only by seeing them with your own eyes can you find the answer. Grab your camera, take some amazing photos, and experience the tropical rainforests with Ragnar!

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