During a recent weekend visit to the Palm Beach Zoo, we spotted this Mexican Spider Monkey striking a very beautiful pose with his (or her) long, lanky arms stretching upward and holding a firm grip on the rock where spent most of the time while we were at the zoo.
It was very interesting to see how him (or her) and the rest of the monkeys were able to move gracefully from branch to branch and tree to tree thanks to their prehensile tails and if you take a closer look to the photo, you will realize they don’t have thumbs. Well, that makes it more interesting to see their ability to grip.
We learned that typically, female Mexican Spider Monkey give birth to only a single baby every two to five years and that recently a baby Mexican Spider Monkey was born at the zoo.
A visit to the Palm beach Zoo will help you understand more about these beautiful creatures and the danger their population is facing in their habitat due to logging and deforestation which continue to shrink the space that Mexican spider monkeys are able to call home.
Photo by VisitWPB
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T5i
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The Palm Beach Zoo houses over 700 animals from Florida, North, South and Central America, Australia, and Madagascar. More than 314,000 people visit each year, and over 5,900 households maintain annual memberships. It is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the last admission ticket being sold at 4:15 p.m. The Zoo is closed only on Thanksgiving & Christmas Days.
Photo of the Day: Mexican Spider Monkey Spotted in a Strikingly Beautiful Pose. The Palm Beach Zoo in West Palm Beach. Learn More About These Monkeys.