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Baby Spider monkey Cuteness overload? Ateles geoffroyi,Geoffroys spider monkey,Geotagged,South Africa,monkeys,primates Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

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  1. Great framing by it's mothers body! Posted 9 years ago
  2. Total overload! Posted 9 years ago
  3. Its very tricky photography, its rare and awesome shot. Posted 9 years ago
    1. Thank you! Posted 9 years ago
  4. Wow...that's a cute one.. Posted 9 years ago
  5. It's so young and innocent! Posted 9 years ago
  6. so cute great shoot Posted 9 years ago
  7. You've had a number of comments already, but truly missy, this shot rocks! Wow just look at the connection here, so crisp and clear. Impressive, Claire! Posted 9 years ago
    1. Thanks Ludo! Posted 9 years ago
  8. That is an amazing capture! Posted 9 years ago
    1. Thanks Stephen! Posted 9 years ago
  9. Claire, regarding the earlier comment to get South Africa at 1,000 photos, we're at 1,155 now :)

    I linked many photos to South Africa from my own set as well as the set of Stephen. Stephen still has many from South Africa not yet linked, but I was running out of time.
    Posted 8 years ago
  10. From today's JungleDragon Facebook post:

    "Cuteness overload! Geoffroy's spider monkey (Ateles geoffroyi) lives in the forests of Central and South America. They have extremely long limbs and tails, which are perfectly suited for the tree canopies that they live in. These monkeys are among the most agile of all primates and use their tail as a fifth limb. They can actually pick up fruit and scoop water from tree holes using their tails! Scientists have concluded that they are the 3rd most intelligent nonhuman primate. Their incredible intelligence may be an adaptation to their frugivorous (fruit-eating) diet, which requires them to identify and memorize many different kinds of fruit as well as their locations. The IUCN Red List categorizes Geoffroy's Spider Monkey as endangered due to habitat loss. It requires large sections of primary forest to survive, so it is extremely vulnerable to deforestation. Unfortunately, these monkeys also have a low reproductive rate; so, they can't replenish their population fast enough when faced with the severe deforestation that has resulted in a 50% decline in the species over the past three generations. To put that in perspective, imagine the impact on humanity if grandparents had to tell their grandchildren that during their lifetime, half of all the people on Earth had died. That is the shock wave that has devastated Geoffroy's spider monkey. {Spotted in South Africa by JungleDragon moderator, Claire Hamilton} #JungleDragon"
    Posted 4 years ago
    1. There's a bit extra in here that wasn't mentioned on Facebook because I ran out of space on FB and had to edit...I can be a bit long-winded when it comes to nature <3 Posted 4 years ago, modified 4 years ago
      1. Thank you Christine!
        Also interesting is that due to their habit of brachiation, their thumb is now just a tiny stub as a thumb inhibits that type of movement. Therefore they cannot grasp their food as well as other primates or open certain types of fruit.
        Also the females have what looks like a penis which can be quite confusing!
        Posted 4 years ago
        1. You're welcome! I also read about the vestigal thumbs and unusual female anatomy! They are such interesting creatures...and, so photogenic!! Posted 4 years ago
          1. Absolutely! Love them.
            Posted 4 years ago
  11. incredible facial expression! Posted 4 years ago

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Geoffroy's spider monkey, "Ateles geoffroyi", also known as black-handed spider monkey, is a species of spider monkey, a type of New World monkey, from Central America, parts of Mexico and possibly a small portion of Colombia.

Similar species: Primates
Species identified by Claire Hamilton
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By Claire Hamilton

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Uploaded Nov 22, 2013. Captured Nov 22, 2013 12:17 in N2, South Africa.
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • f/5.6
  • 1/99s
  • ISO500
  • 400mm