True to its name, the spider monkey can be easily recognized from afar because of its large size and disproportionate limbs, just like that of the insect. Its size varies from 30 to 60 centimeters, its average weight is 6 kilograms and has an average life span of approximately 25 years. A group of spider monkeys is referred to as a troop. The spider monkey inhabits the tropical rainforests from Mexico to Brazil, including the Ecuadorian Amazon. The plethora of trees in our Amazon, make it the perfect home for the spider monkey, as it enjoys foraging in altitudes of up to 30 meters. It spends most of its time aloft, hanging and swinging from branch to branch. The spider monkey is a social animal and lives in a troop of up to 36, but prefers searching for its food individually. It is one of the most intelligent species of its kind, as its communication is highly developed. It communicates with different vocalizations: calls, screeches, barks, etc. The noises it makes is similar to the noises made by horses.
The spider monkey’s diet is dependent of the fruits, nuts, and leaves found in our Amazon. Fortunately for the spider monkey, the Ecuadorian Amazon is world renowned for its biodiversity. Without this abundance and variety of food available, the spider monkey’s survival is at risk. The locals of the amazon, hunt the spider monkey for food, thus greatly lessening its population. The spider monkey’s survival depends entirely on the integrity and conservation of the Ecuadorian Amazon. Regrettably, the massive deforestation that has occurred in our amazon has considerably decreased the area in which the monkey inhabits and finds its food; posing an eminent threat to the spider monkey’s existence, and making it another endangered species. It is our responsibility as citizens of the world to educate the local communities of the importance of conserving this and other species, that make the Ecuadorian Amazon, the most biodiverse in the world.