Black Spider Monkey

Our Black Spider Monkey, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MA

Where to find the Black Spider Monkey (besides Southwick's Zoo in Mendon, MA!)
Black Spider Monkey Facts
Black Spider Monkey
Ateles paniscus

Life Span
20-30 years
16-25 inches body
24-32 inches tail
Average Weight
Females: 20 lbs
Males: 23 lbs
Group Name
Group Size
Name of Young

Our Black Spider Monkey, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MAFacts

  • Black spider monkeys are the largest species of spider monkey. They are also one of the largest primates found in South America.
  • They live in small subgroups within a territory. One of the only close bonds between these monkeys is the mother and child relationship. Infants cling to their mother’s belly using their tail and are entirely dependent on her for the first 10 months.
  • These monkeys are almost entirely arboreal, meaning they live in the trees. They move through the branches by means of brachiation. This means that they swing using a hand over hand movement.
  • Black spider monkeys are omnivores and eat fruit, leaves, bark, insects, and honey. They have high caloric needs for a monkey due to their size, so they must travel a great deal to find food sources.

Did You Know?

Spider monkeys have long prehensile tails which they use as a “third hand” to grasp and to provide stability. Their tails have a patch of skin on the tip to help grip rough surfaces. Each has a unique pattern like a finger print.