Geoffroy’s Spider Monkey

Ateles Geoffroyi

Did you know that spider monkeys can swing through trees as fact as humans can run on the ground? Their long arms and legs leave a spider monkey well adapted to live in trees. The grasping tail is used a fifth arm to hold onto branches and is strong enough to support the monkey. The destruction of tropical rainforests and threats from hunting pose the greatest challenge to the spider monkey’s survival. Their diet at the El Paso Zoo includes fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, insects, and primate biscuits.

Fun Facts


Class: Mammalia

Order: Primates

Family: Atelidae

Genus: Ateles

Species: A. Geoffroyi


These spider monkeys are native to Central America. Their range includes Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama.